This is last post of this mini-series on the basic elements of English. Next week I have an epic I have been working on about the dark arts of driving traffic to your WordPress site.
Conjunctions allow us to create complex sentences.
Without conjunctions. Our sentences. Would be short, jarring affairs.
As we have come to expect from this series of post on different parts of speech, conjunctions have a few different categories. These are, coordinating, correlative and subordinating conjunctions.
FANBOYS – coordinating conjunctions
This is the mnemonic you should remember for the coordinating conjunctions. For, And, Nor, But, Yet and So.
Coordinating conjunctions connect two or more independent clauses of equal grammatical rank.
By equal grammatical rank I mean that both sides of the coordinating conjunction should be main clauses (can stand alone). For more information on this look here.
If the conjunction separates two main clauses there should be a comma before the conjunction.
If the conjunction separates two items there is no need for a comma.
Incorrect: A, and B.
Correct: A and B.
I think you can come up with your own example sentences, so I shall move on to the next classification of conjunctions.
correlative conjunctions are pairs of conjunctions that work together.
I am writing, but I’m also listening to music.
He writes not only a blog but also a newspaper column
subordinating conjunctions connect independent and dependent clauses (a clause that can stand alone and one that can’t).
I feel tired because I did not sleep well last night.
I fell hungry as I skipped breakfast.
subordinating conjunctions do not have a comma separating them unless the subordinating clause comes first.
Correct: I feel tired because I did not sleep well last night.
(Independent clause) (conjunction) (dependent clause)
Correct: As I did not sleep well last night, I feel tired.
(dependent clause) (comma) (independent clause)
look here for a full list of conjunctions
Compound conjunctions are several conjunctions that act together.
I will keep writing so long as you keep reading.