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.
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coordinating conjunction

(Grammar) a conjunction that introduces coordinate clauses, such as and, but, and or. Compare subordinating conjunction
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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.
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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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Chapter 3: Coordinating Conjunctions, gapping, and asyndeton
The games allowed students with a preference for sound and rhythmic patterns and manual dexterity to engage with language features like coordinating conjunctions, nouns, adjectives and pronouns.
In terms of syntax, there are three categories including (1) coordinating conjunctions, (2) subordinating conjunctions, and (3) discourse adverbials (Forbes-Riley et al.
One way to do so is to put a comma and one of the coordinating conjunctions at the point where the two sentences meet, as in the following examples:
Composition in Arabic consists of a series of parallel constructions with coordinating conjunctions, while English relies heavily on subordination, he said.
In the context of writing a counter argument, students were taught the different emphases created by using coordinating conjunctions in compound sentences and subordinating conjunctions in complex sentences:
The languages in this family from which we have documentation of connected speech all contain coordinating conjunctions. Most of the forms are not cognate, however.
Barron's 1001 Pitfalls in English Grammar (Hopper & Craig, 1986) asserts, "the coordinating conjunctions are: and, but, or, nor, for, whereas, yet, so" (p.
No doubt this can be a serious, and understandable, temptation during a compelling discussion of coordinating conjunctions.
Coordination marked with coordinating conjunctions is also common.
In praxis, padre of coordinating conjunctions, lowest of the low to spirituals on the rooftops, Lincoln comes to rest on the Natchez Trace, Indian path through wilderness, meadow and river a forest fire shaman weathervanes over the centuries, when we can barely count.
The coordinating conjunctions (the so-called FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) join equal elements; subordinating conjunctions (such as because, although, while) join a dependent to an independent clause.

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