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What are Coordinating sentences?

We all know the meaning of “coordination” which means something that support our ideas and “subordinate” means something of lesser importance. As the name suggests, coordinating sentences and subordinating sentences are very much useful in forming the relationships between the ideas and tells us about the ideas that are supporting our idea or our sentence and the sentences that are making our sentences lower in position. These kinds of sentences are very much important in English as we may have to emphasize or reduce the importance of several issues in the sentences that we use. Let us know when to use coordinating sentence parts and how to use these coordinating sentences.

grammar and punctuation

We generally use the coordinate sentences when we want to compare any equally important ideas in a sentence and combine two independent clauses. Usually we use the following methods to coordinate sentence parts:

  • Coordination using a conjunction

The conjunctions that we use for coordinating the sentences are and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet etc. Each of these conjunctions represent a different meaning and used in different situations.

“And” is used to link between or combine two ideas.

“But” is used to combine two contrast ideas.

“For” is used to show a cause.

“Nor” is used to give a negative meaning.

  • Using a pair of correlative conjunctions

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Some of the examples for the pair of coordinative conjunctions include either-or, neither-nor, not only-but also etc.

E.g. He is neither best nor worst.

These are used to combine different sentences which coordinate each other. These show a balance between two independent clauses.

  • Coordination using a semicolon

Semicolon is used to link two independent clauses that are of equal importance. Generally we represent the cause and result kind of sentences separated using a semicolon.

E.g. Sheela went to the market; she brought fresh vegetables.

  • Coordination using a conjunctive verb.

Conjunctive verbs include therefore, as a result, for example, in addition, however etc.

These are also commonly used conjunctives which are use to indicate different relationships between the sentences. When we are using these kinds of conjunctives we need to decide which ideas can be combined to give the exact meaning. The incorrect usage of these conjunctions to represent the relationships between the ideas leads to the change in the meaning.

E.g. The creation of computers has greatly helped the society; in addition to providing the job opportunities, it also improved our life styles.

Subordinating sentences


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5 Subordinating sentences are used to make a connection between two different and unequal sentences. These sentences show the relationship between two different and independent sentences by putting the most important idea in the main clause and the other less important idea as the subordinating clause. Main clause is usually shown by a dependent clause and […] Continue reading →

What are Run-on sentences?


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dreamstime_630080_CC_main When we are forming sentences there are several situations in which we may make mistakes. We may be doing the grammar mistakes, spelling or capital letters usage mistakes. Of all the common mistakes that we do with sentences are run-on sentences and fragments. These create so much difficulty for the readers to understand the sentences […] Continue reading →