Coordinating Conjunctions - Introducing BOYFANS

What makes paragraph two on the previous page sound better is the use of coordinating conjunctions.  These are conjunctions that join words, phrases, or independent clauses.  When a coordinating conjunction is used to join two independent clauses, a comma must be placed before the conjunction.

Some of the more common coordinating conjunctions are: but, or, yet, for, and, nor, so

An easy way to remember them is to use the memory trick and think of the word BOYFANS.  Each letter in BOYFANS represents the first letter in the conjunction you need to remember.


B but
O or
Y yet
F for
A and
N nor
S so

When writing a paragraph, remember the BOYFANS and think about how you can use them to add variety to your writing.

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