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FutureStarrIs for a Conjunction
Facts, evidence, information. These are the things we have access to on the internet. Somewhere, somehow, not so long ago, we only had anecdotal evidence of our world. Thanks to the internet, life became bombarded with facts. Why do I really know that? Because someone told me. And then I can tell you. And you can tell your friends. Why should I trust you?
Whether or not you place a comma before the and or or is a matter of stylistic choice. When you do put a comma before the final conjunction in a series, it is referred to as a “serial comma” or an “Oxford comma.” Despite the fact that it is recommended by the Oxford University Press style manual, most writers of British English do not use it. In the United States, however, it is quite common. It is arguable that when writing in American English, using the serial comma is the best choice because it eliminates any possibility of ambiguity and creates order for the reader. If your English teacher was of a certain age, you may believe that it is not acceptable to place a comma before words like and, but this has no true grammatical basis.
You might be thinking, “Wait! I know I’ve seen words other than the FANBOYS joining two independent clauses before. When will these words be given the grammatical recognition that they deserve?” Don’t worry, because that moment is now. The words you are thinking of do function similar to coordinating conjunctions, but they are classified as conjunctive adverbs. Some examples of conjunctive adverbs are however, moreover, namely, nevertheless, meanwhile, subsequently, and furthermore. (Source: www.grammarly.com)
Many of us were taught in school that it is an error to begin a sentence with a conjunction, but that rule is a myth. As mentioned above, a subordinating conjunction can begin a sentence if the dependent clause comes before the independent clause. It’s also correct to begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction. Often, it’s a good way to add emphasis. Beginning too many sentences with conjunctions will cause the device to lose its force, however, so use this technique sparingly.
The children were asleep. Their parents were asleep. Their dogs were asleep. These sentences work fine separately but seem a little repetitive, don’t you think? Instead, let’s use a conjunction to connect them together. The children, their parents, and their dogs were asleep. That looks a lot better, right? Conjunctions are very useful words that connect parts of speech together to form more complex sentences. Let’s learn more about these grammatical matchmakers and how we can use them to write better sentences we’ll love. (Source: www.thesaurus.com)