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A conjunction connects words, phrases, and clauses.

Example: Cookies and milk.

FANBOYS is an acronym to remember the seven co-ordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). A co-ordinating conjunction connects two equal independent clauses or simple sentences with a comma before the conjunction.

Example: I am not superstitious, nor do I believe in Karma.

Example: Kurt Vonnegut is a prolific writer, and I have read his book The Sirens of Titan several times.

A subordinate conjunction emphasises the main clause and cannot stand alone as a sentence.

Example: They fought like cats and dogs.

Starting a sentence with a conjunction does not break any rules, but goes against some peoples preferences. Don't add a comma unless it's followed by an interrupter.

Example: And, in the end, the good guy always finishes last.

Conjunctive adverbs are words like however, moreover, therefore, and besides. These are often confused with co-operative conjunctions and sometimes called fanboy fakers. A semi-colon is added before the conjunctive adverb following it with a comma when the word is connecting two independent clauses.

Example: All my shirts are stained or dirty from work; therefore, it's impossible to change into something better before we go.

If either one or both of the two sentences contain a compound-complex sentence, it's better to use two sentences starting the second sentence with the conjunctive adverb and a comma.

Writers inc.. Wilmington Massachusetts; Great Source Group, 2001.

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