Which is the purpose of coordinating conjunctions?<br />To connect words or phrases that have the same grammatical function in a sentence. <br />
examples<br />(A) Karina and her boyfriend are going to the movies.<br /> In (A): noun + and + noun <br /> (B) Marcel laughed and cried at the same time. <br />In (B): verb + and + verb<br />(C) These shoes are old but comfortable. <br /> In (C): adjective + but + adjective<br /> (D) I want to sleep or watch T.V.<br />In (D): infinitive + or + infinitive<br />
Coordinating conjunctions<br />A parallel structure may contain more than two parts. <br /> Nick, Kevin,andJoe are coming to dinner.<br /> In a series, commas are used to separate each unit <br /> Martha raised her hand, screamed, and sang the song.<br /> The final comma that precedes the conjunction is optional; also correct. <br /> Nick, Kevin andJoe are coming to dinner.<br />
PAIRED CONJUNCTIONS<br />Two subjects connected by Both … and take a plural verb. <br />Example:<br />Both the dog and the cat are mine.<br /> When two subjects are connected by not only… but also, either…or, neither…nor. The subject that is closer to the verb determines whether the verb is singular or plural. <br />Examples:<br /> (A)Not only my brother but also my parents are here.<br /> (B) Neithermy mother nor my sister is here.<br /> (C) I’ll go either by bus or car for my trip.<br />
Combining independent clauses with coordinating conjunctions <br /> A conjunction may be used to connect two independent clauses. <br /> (A) He was running fast.There was a dog running after him.<br />Usually a comma immediately precedes the conjunction. <br />(B) He was running fast, and there was a dog running after him.<br /> In short sentences, the comma is sometimes omitted.<br />(C) He was running and there was a dog running after him.<br /> In informal writing, a conjunction sometimes begins a sentence.<br />(D) He was running fast. And there was a dog running after him.<br />
In addition to and, but, or, and nor, other conjunctions are used to connect two independent clauses:<br />So (meaning “therefore as a result”)<br />For (meaning “because”)<br />Yet (meaning “but, nevertheless”)<br />A comma almost always precedes so, for, and yet when they are used as coordinating conjunctions. <br />
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