coordinating conjunction

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coordinating conjunction

Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two or more words, phrases, or independent clauses. The two elements being joined must be grammatically equal or similar in both importance and structure. There are seven coordinating conjunctions in English.
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co·or·di·nat·ing conjunction

A conjunction that connects two identically constructed or syntactically equal grammatical elements, such as or in They don't know whether they're coming or going.

coordinating conjunction

(Grammar) a conjunction that introduces coordinate clauses, such as and, but, and or. Compare subordinating conjunction

coor′dinating conjunc′tion

a conjunction that connects grammatical elements of equal rank, as and in Sue and Andrea or or in Should I stay or go? Compare subordinating conjunction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coordinating conjunction - the coordination by conjunction of linguistic units of the same status
conjunction - the grammatical relation between linguistic units (words or phrases or clauses) that are connected by a conjunction
2.coordinating conjunction - a conjunction (like `and' or `or') that connects two identically constructed grammatical constituents
conjunctive, connective, continuative, conjunction - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
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