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Using Coordinating Conjunctions as Coordinators

Using Coordinating Conjunctions as Coordinators

Notional grammars define conjunctions as words that “link together other words, phrases, and clauses.” Coordinating conjunctions are a type of conjunction that link, or coordinate, two or more words, phrases, or clauses. The seven coordinating conjunctions in English for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so.

In grammar, a coordinator is a function word that joins together two or more words, phrases, or clauses. Only coordinating conjunctions can function as coordinators. Examples of coordinating conjunctions as coordinators include the following:

  • My children enjoyed ‘Cars’ and ‘Cars 2.’
  • My dog loves to eat salmon, but my cat prefers steak.
  • I want chocolate cake or red velvet cupcakes for my birthday.
  • We got no snow last winter, nor did we get much rain this spring.
  • The ground was dry, so I put the sprinklers on my garden.
  • The assignment seems easy yet formidable.

Coordinating Conjunctions as Coordinators

Coordinating Conjunction as Coordinator Grammar TreeCoordinating Conjunction as Coordinator Grammar Tree

References

Brinton, Laurel J. & Donna M. Brinton. 2010. The linguistic structure of Modern English, 2nd edn. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Hopper, Paul J. 1999. A short course in grammar. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Huddleston, Rodney. 1984. Introduction to the grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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