coordinating conjunction

Words that connect two main clauses together or add extra information to a particular phrase. Here is an example of conjunctions being used to add additional information to phrases:

  • She's brave but sensible.
  • Crime and immigration are the two biggest political issues in my country.

Here is an example of coordinating conjunctions connecting two main clauses:

main clause conjunction main clause
There is high unemployment in my country and this causes many problems.
We should go to the library or search for the materials we need on the internet.
The internet has made communication faster but there are many negative aspects to it as well.


The main coordinating conjunctions are 'and', 'but' and 'or'.

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