English 101: Learning About Coordinating Conjunctions

Writing a profession-specific letter, usually a referral letter, is the task given in OET writing sub-test. For medical professionals who are reviewing for the OET writing test, it is essential to look for helpful study tips that can help enhance their letter-writing skills. Enrolling in an OET preparation course program is beneficial for test takers as it helps them boost not only their writing skills but also their learning abilities. Aside from that, you can also improve your writing skills by re-learning the basic rules of grammar. You can start by reviewing how conjunctions work.

How to use coordinating conjunctions correctly?

Coordinating conjunctions are used to connect parts of a sentence like two independent clauses, two noun phrases, adjectives, adverbials or indicating two or more items in a sentence. However, you must be careful when placing these words in a sentence as there are some cases that writers use the wrong coordinating conjunctions in writing.

To avoid this, here are the seven coordinating conjunctions and how they are used in writing.

  1. “And” is used when adding one idea to another in the sentence.

Examples:       My favorite films are American Beauty and Good Will Hunting.

She goes to the park to a read book and to eat a sandwich.

  1. “But” indicates contrast in the sentence.

Examples:       I would have gotten the promotion, but my attendance wasn’t good enough.

In business transactions, Jimmy was frugal with his money, but when it came to his family, he was generous.

  1. “For” shows reasons and purpose in the sentence.

Examples:       John waited at the station for five hours.

Seeing the position we are in, I think there is little need for discussion.

  1. “Nor” presents alternative negative information to an already stated negative idea in the sentence.

Examples:       Her tone was neither harsh nor teasing.

Neither Joy nor John saw the broadcast, but Quinn and Martha had viewed the showing.

  1. “Or” is used to show an alternative or a choice in the sentence.

Examples:       I think I will either buy the black car, or I will lease the white one.

Should we start the OET classes now, or should we wait for everyone to get here?

  1. “So” specifies effect or result in the sentence.

Examples:       John ran out of money, so he had to stop playing poker.

Everyone was busy, so I went to the movie alone.

  1. “Yet” indicates a different idea that usually follows a preceding idea in the sentence.

Examples:       Anne didn’t want to go to the dentist, yet she went anyway.

I haven’t seen that movie yet, so don’t tell me how it ends!

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