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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Ega has been described as a coordinating conjunction, a marker of negation and a question word in Estonian grammars and we will show how these diverse usages come together on a timeline from the earliest written sources to present-day conversation.
* join independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction;
Wilde has adhered to the fairy tale time specification with an adroit employment of coordinating conjunction and in its chronological use.
There goes my best coordinating conjunction, swept away.
The Iroquoian languages provide examples of replication of a grammatical category, in this case coordinating conjunction. All of the modern languages contain coordinating conjunctions, but neither the forms nor the structures they participate in are cognate.
The writing center coordinator characterized the thinking behind the FANBOYS mnemonic for me as follows: "A comma and a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so exclusively) work together as a meaningful semicolon: they join independent clauses that retain their independence once so joined.
An example of polyprosopon would be the similar phrases in 2:5 and 5:8, which differ in the coordinating conjunction employed.
We have hated this "but," this coordinating conjunction, ever since the
In PDT-related annotation schemes the coordinating conjunction (or punctuation) is the head of the coordinated words.
The examples given below are listed under traditional part-of-speech labels such as preposition, coordinating conjunction, etc.
As the Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers notes, "A comma is sometimes used between main clauses not connected by a coordinating conjunction if two clauses are in balance or in contrast."
Add a comma before the coordinating conjunction that joins two independent clauses.

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