Form Function Example
And additive The man and the dog crossed the street.
So result He was tired, so he went to bed.
(Either)/Or alternativeYou can have (either) coffee or tea.
Neither/Nor Negative Neither Juan nor Sandra was present today in class.
But contrast He wanted to play soccer, but it rained.
Yet contrast Hiswords were simple, yet effective.
Coordinating Conjunctions are used to connect any similar parts of a sentence. Here are a few examples:
Two Verbs/Verb Phrases: The dog barked and chased histail.
Two Nouns: He bought a shirt and a tie.
Two Adjectives: The test was long and boring.
Two Independent Clauses: I needed a new notebook, so I went to the store.
When using CoordinatingConjunctions, remember the following punctuation rules:
1. When connecting two independent clauses, use a comma before the coordinating conjunction.
I needed a new notebook, so I went to thestore.
2. When making a list or three or more items, use a comma between each item.
I wanted to buy a shirt, a tie, and a pair of shoes.
3. When using but or yet, you may use a comma before thethen to highlight the contrast.
His words were simple, but effective.
In each of the following sentences use the correct coordinating conjunction.
1. Jaewon was cold, ____________ he put on acoat. 2. Maria tried to read a novel in French, ____________it was too difficult. 3. To get from Vancouver to Victoria, you can fly, ____________you can ride the ferry. 4. I bought a bottle of wine,____________we drank it together. 5. The waiter was not very nice, ____________the food was delicious. 6. I went to buy a Rolling Stones CD, ____________the shop didn't have it. 7. Anna needed somemoney, ____________she took a part-time job. 8. There's so much rain lately! Maybe it's because of El Nino, ____________maybe it's just coincidence. 9. Julie has a guitar, ____________she plays it...