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.

Coordinating 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.

Sections in this article

Transformation 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 and so...that
How to combine two sentences using

See also

Adverb clauses
Adjective clauses
Noun clauses
Transformation of sentences

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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