Fanboys and the semicolon let us consider today the semicolon young folks are commonly taught to use a comma to separate two independent clauses (ones that could stand alone as a full sentence) when one of the fanboys connects them. Also, remember the acronym fanboys: for-and-nor-but-or-yet-so be careful of the words then and now neither is a coordinating conjunction, so what we say about coordinating conjunctions' roles in a sentence and punctuation does not apply to those two words. Punctuation with conjunctions by mark nichol - 2 minute read the rules for punctuating in proximity to simple coordinating conjunctions ( and , but , and or ) are straightforward, but writers can become confused about when and where to put a comma or other punctuation. Learn the effective use of semicolons one common mistake is to use words like “however” or “therefore” as coordinating conjunctions however, they are not use a semicolon between items in a series of items that already contain commas: some of her favorite deserts are chocolate cake, the kind with cherries on top banana splits.
When a coordinating conjunction joins two independent clauses, a comma is used before the coordinating conjunction (unless the two independent clauses are very short) conjunctions that are not followed by non-essential elements should never be followed by commas. This compound sentences: coordinating conjunctions and semicolons worksheet is suitable for 7th - 9th grade explore compound sentences with your middle school language arts classroom after reviewing the information box at the top of the page, have. Semicolons take the place of periods or commas followed by coordinating conjunctions (fanboys: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) semicolons should be used before conjunctive adverbs (however, meanwhile, therefore, otherwise, in addition, and others) to link together sentences. The coordinating conjunctions are for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so (fanboys) about henry – underline the independent clauses add commas so that the sentences are properly punctuated.
Conjunctions and semicolons (grammar lesson) the quick answer when a sentence is made up of two independent clauses joined by a conjunction (eg, and, or, but), it is possible to precede the conjunction with a semicolon if either of the clauses contains a comma(s) this is quite an outdated practice, but it can be used to improve readability. A coordinating conjunctions location of a coordinating conjunction 1 don't use a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) at the beginning of a sentence these conjunctions can be used to join two independent clauses, so they come in the middle of a sentence rather than the beginning commas with coordinating conjunctions. Conjunctions (that’s your ands, buts, and ors) can do that too but you shouldn’t use a semicolon and a conjunction that means when you use a semicolon, you use it instead of the ands, buts, and ors you don’t need both. A conjunction is a word that grammatically connects two words, phrases, or clauses together the most common examples are words like “and” and “but” for example, “i took the subway, and got off at 96th street” or, “i took the subway, but there was a delay” however, conjunctions.
Commas and semicolons 1 commas and semicolons 2 commas with conjunctions •use commas •to combine two independent clauses with a fanboys conjunction • to set off introductory words or phrases • to set off parenthetical information • before or after a dependent clause or phrase • in a series of things (a list) • to separate two or more adjectives. Coordinating conjunctions coordinating conjunctions allow you to join words, phrases, and clauses of equal grammatical rank in a sentence the most common coordinating conjunctions are for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so you can remember them by using the mnemonic device fanboys. Commas around conjunctions like and are traditional but seen as old-school today, when commas are to be reduced to a minimum (or nothing at all, if you follow cormac mccarthy ) quote: i hate her, and, quite honestly, i will never support her again. Using commas with coordinating conjunctions this quiz was prepared by maria lorusso, a student in professor karyn hollis's tutor training course at villanova university directions: click on the sentence, please and a sentence will appear in the top text-area.
Fanboys and wabbits - download as pdf file (pdf), text file (txt) or view presentation slides online semicolons commas conjunctive adverbs test cond 1 ar12ing0499 linking words intro pages stylistics the fanboys and the wabbits are all conjunctions that. Conjunctions do not normally cause major grammatical errors however, students sometimes incorrectly use two conjunctions to connect two clauses in english, we need just one conjunction to connect two clauses if there are four clauses in the sentence, we need just three conjunctions. Commas vs semicolons in compound sentences to start with, let us understand what makes a compound sentence a sentence is called a compound sentence when two independent clauses are linked together in some form to make one complete sentence.
The topic of coordinating conjunctions and commas is on my mind because i just finished the most recent novel from a series that i love, a novel filled with superfluous commas good author, great characters, engaging plot i wanted to forget the world for a couple of hours and solve the mystery, put myself in the lead character’s shoes and become the wise and successful detective. Hello, weave—yes, semicolons can be used before coӧrdinating conjunctions conjoining independent clauses all four sentences are correct you could even change the semicolons to periods, provided you used proper capitalization in the following sentence. Comma, semicolon, and colon rules 1 (note: a clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb an independent clause can stand alone as a complete sentence.
Conjunctions quiz 1 without conjunctions, most sentences would have to be: a very short b very long c impossible to understand d grammatically incorrect 2 the letters in the acronym fanboys stand for: a different correlating conjunctions b different subordinating conjunctions they require commas or semicolons to be placed after them. The resulting fanboys, despite being a somewhat silly word—i confess to having spent a fair amount of time rearranging those seven letters in an attempt to find a more dignified term—is a handy way to check if a sentence can be punctuated as a compound sentence. Coordinating conjunctions for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so (fanboys) coordinating conjunctions —join independent clauses and the resulting construction is a compound sentence.
Fanboys is a handy mnemonic device for remembering the coordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so these words function as connectors. Commas are the most misused punctuation mark leaving a comma out or putting it in the wrong place can cause confusion, but you can avoid comma snafus with the fanboys acronym. The distinction between commas (,) and semicolons () can often be confusing, but deciding separating two independent clauses with fanboys referred to as coordinating conjunctions, the “fanboys” are used to separate independent clauses and need commas before them examples: my dog hates cats, but cats like my dog.