Coordinating Conjunctions in English Grammar

Coordinating conjunctions are the most popular category of English conjunctions. Simply put, they bring ideas together. They can join words, phrases, and clauses. Below is a list of coordinating conjunctions in English grammar.

List of Coordinating Conjunctions

FOR

The meaning of For is because or since. For as a conjunction is used to explain reason or purpose. (like “because” or ”since”)

Examples:

  • He doesn’t want to buy any electronical devices, for they are very expensive these days.
  • My teacher loves me very much, for I am a successful student.
  • I have to find a new job, for I am unemployed.
  • she gets weight easily, for she eats everything very quickly.
  • Scientists are trying to find a new livable planet, for the world is coming to the end.

AND

One of the most used words in English is ‘and‘. It can be shortened by “&” sign in English. It means in addition to. And is used to connect words, phrases, or clauses that have the same grammatical function in a construction.

Examples:

  • I’m a husband and father.
  • He came in the house and the phone began to ring.
  • I work in a post office. And I also work in a library.
  • She talked and listened.
  • Please calm down, Let’s wait and see.

NOR

It means and not. Nor is used before the second or last of a set of negative possibilities, usually after “neither”.

Examples:

  • She didn’t talk to her friends nor did she call her family.
  • He can’t attend the meeting and nor can Ally.
  • Neither Klevin nor Janny were at the school yesterday.
  • Neither my son nor my daughter like drinking milk.
  • Today is neither the first nor the last day of the month.
  • Neither my parents nor my friends supported me.

BUT

The meaning of But is however. It is used to show a disagreement between clauses, or to connect ideas that contrast.

Also But means “except” when it is used after words such as all, everything/nothing, everyone/no one, everybody/nobody.

Examples:

  • I have got a home, but I haven’t got a car.
  • I go to work on Mondays, but I don’t go to work on Saturday.
  • He is very good at playing football but not at riding a bike.
  • Emmy goes to bed early, but She is always late for work.
  • He loves to read books on that date, but he hates taking notes.
  • He said he would live with his family, but he gave up after that.

OR

It means either. Or is used to connect different possibilities.

Examples:

  • Sally lives in London or New York.
  • Which color do you like red or blue?
  • Does Clark have any brothers or sisters?
  • Do you spend more time with your friends or with your family?
  • Teenagers need to sleep seven or eight hours a night.
  • We can cook soup for dinner, or we can just eat leftovers.
  • She studies hard for this exam or she fails.
  • I will go to the party or stay at home.

YET

It means but. Yet is used to introduce a contrasting idea that follows the preceding idea logically.

Examples:

  • Tomy plays basketball well, yet his favorite sport is football.
  • Supporters of both teams complained about extreme heat, yet they continue to watch the match.
  • I really wanted my son to study at university, yet he left the school.
  • She lost the racing, yet she was happy to take part in such a contest.

SO

It means therefore, for that reason. So means with the result or consequence of something.

Examples:

  • She was sick, so she couldn’t attend the meeting.
  • I studied hard, so I will be successful in the exam.
  • My daughter is very smart, so everybody likes her.
  • He has a job interview, so he will go to London.
  • Jack has changed, so much over time so nobody can know him.
  • I don’t feel myself good, so I don’t want to go anywhere.

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