The Myth of FANBOYS: Coordination, Commas, and College Composition Classes

  • Brett Reynolds

Abstract

The claim that the words for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so (FANBOYS) constitute a complete list of English coordinating conjunctions is examined though syntactic analysis and found wanting. This analysis is presented as an illustration of the need for teachers constantly to question the choice of material that we present to our students and our reasons for presenting it.
Published
2012-02-27
How to Cite
Reynolds, B. (2012). The Myth of FANBOYS: Coordination, Commas, and College Composition Classes. TESL Canada Journal, 29(1), 104-112. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v29i1.1092
Section
Perspectives