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Transcript of FANBOYS
Why would we use these?
1. They can fix run-on sentences.
The tiny boy runs down the street he wants to catch the Peterson bus.
With a FANBOYS added...
The tiny boy runs down the street, for he wants to catch the Peterson bus.
2. We can use FANBOYS to combine 2 simple sentences.
The tiny boy ran down the street. He wanted to catch the Peterson bus.
With a FANBOYS...
The tiny boy ran down the street, for he wanted to catch the Peterson bus.
What does each conjunction mean?
Yet: means the same as "but"
Marco plays basketball well, yet his favorite sport is soccer.
What are FANBOYS?
It's an acronym for the conjunctions
And: used to combine ideas
I like spaghetti, and I also like tacos.
So: used to show a
Maria has a pet monkey, so she is the coolest kid in class.
Nor: used to introduce a negative statement
I don't want to study tonight, nor do I want to clean.
But: used to show contrast
I am happy that my freshmen year is going so well, but my friend is having a hard time adjusting.
Or: used to give an option
I must get my grades up, or I won't be able to play soccer this fall.
So: used to show a cause/effect relationship
I woke up late this morning, so I didn't have time to eat breakfast.
Can be used in place of "because"
Jon thought he had a good chance to get the job, for his father owned the company.
When do we use a comma with FANBOYS?
Use a comma when there is a complete sentence after the FANBOYS conjunction
For example: The pilot was inexperienced, so he had trouble flying through the storm.
When don't we use a comma with FANBOYS?
Don't use a comma if there is a fragment after the FANBOYS.