What can you tell about the following example sentences: “He and I bought some chocolates for Mother’s Day.” “We would love to go, but we already made plans for something else beforehand.” “Do you want the mangoes or the grapes?” These examples of sentences have something to do with the topic for today. However, for those who do say the words “and” “but” as well as the word “or” you may already know what this is about. We know that these words are not just something that makes the sentences understandable, as they do have a role to play. We also know that the following words above are called conjunctions. Let’s take a look at what conjunctions are and the roles they play in forming our sentences.
We are taught in school that a conjunction is one of the eight types of speech. A conjunction is a part of speech, like a noun, a pronoun, a verb, etc. Conjunctions are a group of words that are placed together to form or to connect different words, phrases or clauses in the sentence. There is a long list of conjunctions. These conjunctions can range from “and”, “or”, “but”, “because” “although”, etc. There are also two kinds of conjunctions, we have the subordinating conjunction and the coordinating conjunctions.
We know that conjunctions help in making our sentences make more sense. It helps in a way that it connects different words or phrases to complete the sentence. With that in mind, you may find making conjunction sentences easier when you have the idea in mind. With that being said, here are some ways on making a conjunction sentence.
You may have heard of the acronym FANBOYS. The acronym FANBOYS means for, and, nor, but, or, yet and so. These are the most common conjunctions that are used in order to formulate and connect your sentences. When you want to write a sentence with a conjunction, all you have to do is remember the acronym FANBOYS.
Each conjunction has its own purpose and uses when making your sentences. When you use the conjunction “for” you are letting your readers know that you were being cautious. An example for that would be: “They went home early, for the weather was not good.” The conjunctions and, nor and but have a different set of rules when you use them in a sentence. When you use “and” you are mixing two things together that may or may not be related to one another. An example for that is: “She and I went out skiing all day yesterday.” You can use and at the beginning of your sentence, but it may also depend on your audience, as many may believe starting with the conjunction and in a sentence is wrong.
The conjunctions nor, but, yet and so the last four conjunctions in the acronym FANBOYS, also have their own set of roles to play when making your sentences. Using “nor” in a sentence means that something you are talking about is negative, two things that have not been confirmed or suggested. The conjunction “but” states to your readers that you are contradicting two things in the sentence.
Using the “or” means you are giving options in your sentences. While the conjunction “yet” acts like the conjunction but, which in your sentence will mean something like “in spite of”, “despite that” and the phrase that they are referring to. As for the last conjunction “so” this conjunction states the reason for being cautious. It describes or it shows the effect of being cautious.
Lastly, remembering the fanboys acronym to making sentences will help you succeed in the long run. Though it may sound and look difficult at first, but the hint or the key to it is to remember their simple uses.
A conjunction is a part of speech. It is a group of words that are connected, conjoined in order to connect or form different words, phrases and clauses to a sentence.
The kinds of conjunctions are subordinate conjunctions and coordinating conjunctions.
FANBOYS is short for the most common kinds of conjunctions. For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet and So.
Conjunctions are easy and fun to learn when you have an idea or a short summary of what they are. As well as the fact that you can use the acronym fanboys to remember the most basic of conjunctions. To form any kind of sentence and to understand their purpose and uses, simply remember FANBOYS.