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.
- I had hoped that Peter would become an engineer, but he wasn't good at science.
The comma is sometimes omitted. This usually happens when the clauses are very short.
- His rope was thin but it was strong.
Note that the comma is always correct when it is used to separate two clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction.
- She was poor, but she was honest. OR She was poor but she was honest.
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.
Sections in this articleTransformation of sentences - I
Transformation of sentences - II
Transformation of a Simple sentence into a compound sentence
Transformation of a compound sentence into a simple sentence
Transformation of a simple sentence into a complex sentence
Transformation of a complex sentence into a simple sentence
Transformation of sentences containing too
Interchange of degrees of comparison
Combining two sentences using too...to and so...that
How to combine two sentences using too...to
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