What are coordinating conjunctions?

Coordinating conjunctions

Conjunctions are joining words that link together parts of a sentence. The three main coordinating conjunctions are ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘or’.

They can be used to join together two clauses in a sentence. However, the clauses need to make sense on their own. For example:

I had a terrible cold. I still went to work.

You can add the coordinating conjunction ‘but’ in between these causes so the sentence reads:

I had a terrible cold but I still went to school.

Remember though, you can often leave out the subject word in the second coordinating clause. For example:

I had a terrible cold but still went to school.

In this example you can remove the word 'I' from the second coordinating clause.