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Fanboys

You have already learned how "and" can be used to create a compound sentence (a sentence with more than one clause).

"And" is a coordinating conjunction. In all, there are seven coordinating conjunctions that can be used to splice (combine) clauses. Together, these words are are often called "FANBOYS", because FANBOYS is a mnemonic device (memory trick) that can help you remember what they are:

 

For (when it means "because")

And

Nor

But

Or

Yet

So

 

 

Of all the FANBOYS, and, but, and so are by far the most common.

Study the examples below:

 

Compound Sentences Using Fanboys  
 

I hate to waste food, for it is expensive.

compound

 

The soup is hot, and the bread is delicious.

compound

 

Rocky doesn't like fish, nor does he like pork.

compound

 

They gamble, but they don't smoke.

compound

 

I will order the fish, or I will order the steak.

compound

 

The final is tomorrow, yet Tom refuses to study.

compound

 

Sara's car is in the shop, so she will need a ride home.

compound

 

Instructions for Quia quiz

The quiz asks you questions like this:

 

The first thing to note is that the answer will never be C, D, or E, because we have not yet studied those sentence patterns.

Now study the sentence.

In the above example, "I looked for the book" is the first clause, and "I could not find it" is the second clause, and the two clauses are joined together by one of the fanboys, "but." Therefore, the answer is B) compound.