(ENG215 -Rsrch & Wrtng) Mini-Lesson _FANBOYS

(ENG215 -Rsrch & Wrtng) Mini-Lesson _FANBOYS -...

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Mini-lesson: F A N B O Y S (This mini-lesson is in preparation for the Week 1 Mechanics & Grammar Exercise) Conjunctions are words that hook things together, and the word FANBOYS stands for: For And Nor But Or Yet So These are called the coordinating conjunctions. Now, here's where the comma rule comes in. If you're using them to hook together sentences, you always put a comma before the FANBOYS word. Here's an example: - He started to run, but he tripped. See how you could take out the "but" and have two whole sentences? That's why you need the comma there. Now, if one of the FANBOYS is hooking together words or phrases that are NOT complete
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Unformatted text preview: sentences, then you don't use a comma in front of them. They're strong enough to handle it on their own. Here's an example: - He started to run but tripped. See why there's no comma? "He tripped" is a whole sentence. Just plain "tripped" is not one. You should never begin a sentence with a FANBOY . If you find that you have done that, you can simply join the sentence to the previous sentence. Here is an example; - He started to run. But he tripped. (Incorrect) - He started to run but he tripped. (Incorrect) - He started to run, but he tripped. (Correct)...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENGLISH ENG115 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '11 term at Strayer.

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