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Edit Comment Close Premium member Presentation Transcript THE COORDINATING CONJUNCTION : THE COORDINATING CONJUNCTION RULES : RULES Recognize a coordinating conjunction when you see one. And, but, for, nor, or, so, and yet—these are the seven coordinating conjunctions. To remember all seven, learn one of these acronyms: FANBOYS, YAFNOBS, or FONYBAS. RULES : RULES Coordinating conjunctions connect words, phrases, and clauses. A coordinating conjunction can join two main clauses that a writer wants to emphasize equally. The pattern for coordination looks like this: main Clause , + coordinating conjunction + main Clause. EXAMPLES : EXAMPLES The bowl of squid eyeball stew is hot and delicious. The squid eyeball stew is so thick that you can eat it with a fork or spoon. Rocky, my orange tomcat, loves having his head scratched but hates getting his claws trimmed. EXAMPLES : EXAMPLES Rocky terrorizes the poodles next door yet adores the German shepherd across the street. Rocky refuses to eat dry cat food, nor will he touch a saucer of squid eyeball stew. I hate to waste a single drop of squid eyeball stew, for it is expensive and time-consuming to make. Even though I added cream to the squid eyeball stew, Rocky ignored his serving, so I got a spoon and ate it myself. Thanks to Everyone!!! Punctuate Coordinating Conjunctions Correctly. : Punctuate Coordinating Conjunctions Correctly. Pattern 1 — Connecting two main clauses When you connect two main clauses with a coordinating conjunction, use a comma. Example: While I am at work, my dog Floyd sleeps on the bed , and my cat Buster naps in the bathtub. Punctuate Coordinating Conjunctions Correctly. : Punctuate Coordinating Conjunctions Correctly. Pattern 2 — Connecting two items You can also use a coordinating conjunction to connect any two items. These items can be any grammatical unit except main clauses. Example: My dog Floyd has too many fleas and too much hair. Punctuate Coordinating Conjunctions Correctly. : Punctuate Coordinating Conjunctions Correctly. Pattern 3 — Connecting three or more items in a series When you have three or more items in a series, you generally use a comma before the coordinating conjunction. Some handbooks and style guides will tell you that this comma is optional, but my advice is to put it in. PATTERN 3. : PATTERN 3. Example: Swatting olives off the kitchen counter, dragging toilet paper streamers through the house, and terrorizing Jacques Cousteau, the parakeet, has consumed another of Buster's days. IMPORTANT!!! : IMPORTANT!!! If you decide to begin a sentence with a Coordinating conjunction, keep these three things in mind: Be sure that a main clause follows the coordinating conjunction. Do not use a coordinating conjunction to begin every sentence. Use this option only when it makes the flow of your ideas more effective. IMPORTANT!!! : IMPORTANT!!! Do not use a comma after the coordinating conjunction. Coordinating conjunctions are not transitional expressions like for example or first of all. You will rarely use punctuation after them. IMPORTANT!!! : IMPORTANT!!! Example: While I was answering the telephone, Buster, my cat, jumped onto the kitchen counter and swatted all of my jalapeño-stuffed olives onto the dirty kitchen floor. So I had to rinse off the cat hair and crumbs sticking to these delicacies before I could add them to the salad. IMPORTANT!!! : IMPORTANT!!! Example: Flying down the bumpy path, Genette hit a rock with the front wheel of her mountain bike, flew over the handlebars, and crashed into a clump of prickly palmetto bushes. Yet even this accident would not deter her from completing the race. IMPORTANT!!! : IMPORTANT!!! Only when an interrupter immediately follows the coordinating conjunction do you need to use commas. Read this example: We hoped that decorating the top of Christine's cupcake with a dead grasshopper would freak her out. But, to our amazement, she just popped the whole thing in her mouth, chewed, and swallowed. THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION!!! : THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION!!! You do not have the permission to view this presentation. In order to view it, please contact the author of the presentation.