Punctuation with Coordinating Conjunctions



Punctuation with Coordinating Conjunctions :



When a coordinating conjunction joins two words, phrases or subordinate clauses, no comma should be placed before the conjunction.

For example :

Varun bought pens and pencils.
(word + conjunction + word)

Namita began cutting the vegetables and putting them in the vessel.
(phrase + conjunction + phrase)

I told him that he could write his name on the sheet and give it to the teacher.
(subordinating clause + conjunction + subordinating clause)



A coordinating conjunction joining three or more words, phrases or subordinate clauses creates a series and requires commas between the elements :

For example :

Varun bought paints, pens and pencils.
(word + comma + word +conjunction + word)

Namita began heating up the oil, cutting the vegetables and putting them in the vessel.

(phrase + comma + phrase + conjunction + phrase)

I told him that he could take a new sheet of paper, write his name on the sheet and give it to the teacher.
(subordinating clause + comma + subordinating clause + conjunction + subordinating clause)



A coordinating conjunction joining two independent sentences requires a comma before the coordinating conjunction :

For example :

Leela decided to learn dancing, but Geeta wanted to learn music. (sentence + comma + conjunction + sentence)

Example Sentences :

1. Someone pulled the chain and the train came to a halt.

2. The students were getting nervous, but the teacher gave them some tips on memorising facts.

3. It was a very hot day, but there was a big crowd at the stadium.

4. These people may be poor, but they have a great deal of self-respect.

5. I do not think I will read the whole book, since I find it quite boring.

6. You will not go to the mall now nor will you go to the theatre.

7. Please feed the dog, otherwise it will keep whining through the night.

8. He is very rich, yet he is very humble.

9. The little boy stretched his hand, but could not reach the cookie jar.

10. Will you go to the parry with me or with Jayesh?



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