CONJUNCTIONS - Difference between Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions?

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CONJUNCTIONS - Difference between Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions?

Post  Vincent Law on Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:32 pm

How can you immediately tell whether a conjunction is coordinating or subordinating, without seeing it in a sentence?

Coordinating Conjunctions connect words, phrases, and clauses....There are only 7 of them.
An easy way of detecting one...use the word "FANBOYS." Each letter is the first letter of a coordinating conjunction...'For', 'And', 'Nor', 'But', 'Or', 'Yet', 'So'.

Subordinating Conjunctions are more numerous and sometimes a combination of words. They connect a main clause with a subordinate clause.
You can tell it's a Subordinating Conjunction when you see conjunctions like 'before', 'after', 'since', 'because', 'unless', 'although', etc.


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