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Using coordinating conjunctions
A conjunction is a word that connects parts of a sentence. There are mainly two kinds of conjunctions: coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.
Most coordinating conjunctions have fewer than four letters. Examples are: and, but, or, yet, for, nor, so.
A comma is often used to separate two independent clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction.
The comma is sometimes omitted. This usually happens when the clauses are very short.
Note that the comma is always correct when it is used to separate two clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction.
Beginning a Sentence with And or But
Is it possible to begin a sentence with the conjunctions and or but? A large number of grammarians still believe that and or but cannot go at the beginning of a sentence. But the truth is that this prohibition has been ignored by standard authors since Anglo-Saxon times.
And is often put at the beginning of a sentence to achieve the continuity of narration. The same is true with the conjunction but. However, before beginning a sentence with and or but, you have to ask two questions: (1) would the sentence function just as well without the initial conjunction? (2) is it possible to connect the sentence in question to the previous sentence? If the answer to both questions is ‘no’, the initial conjunction should be considered appropriate.
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