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Conjunctions grammar

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Conjunctions

Conjunctions join words, phrases and clauses. Consider them as glue or adhesive that connect parts together. Today, let’s look at coordinating conjunctions.

There are seven coordinating conjunctions that can be memorised with the acronym: FANBOYS.

  • For
  • And
  • Nor
  • Because
  • Or
  • Yet
  • So

For this post, let’s focus on because by reading about mutual funds.

If an investor buys only Netflix stock he stands to lose a great deal of value because all of his dollars are invested in one company.

In the above example, because joins two complete sentences: If an investor buys only Netflix stocks he stands to lose a great deal of value and all of his dollars are invested in one company.

The two clauses of the sentence can be interchanged:

Because all of his dollars are invested in one company, an investor stands to lose a great deal of value if he buys only Netflix stocks.

As a result of interchanging clauses, some minor adjustments have to be made, like adding a comma after the first clause and tweaking the position of the pronoun he.

So, because shows a cause and effect relationship. Specifically, an investor stands to lose a great deal of value if he buys exclusively one type of stock. This is the net effect. What is the cause of risking losing value? If he buys only stocks of just one public company. This is the cause.

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