FANBOYS

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Mnemonic acronym of For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So

Abbreviation[edit]

FANBOYS

  1. The coordinating conjunctions for, and, not, but, or, yet, and so.
    • 2008 July 8, Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, New York: Macmillan, ISBN 9780805088311, OL 16413899M, page 80:
      The risk is greater with subordinating conjunctions (see “Starting a Sentence with Because”), but the FANBOYS are sometimes considered guilty by association: []
    • 2009 September 24, Mel Friedman, Rena Grasso, Carol Hunter, Laura Meiselman, The Best Test Preparation for the PRAXIS II ParaPro Assessment 0755 and 1755, Piscataway: Research & Education Association, ISBN 9780738604121, OL 25416878M, page 161:
      These FANBOYS help create compound sentences, and when they serve this role, a comma comes before their use.
    • 2011 November 24, Larry Beason, Mark Lester, A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage, edition 6th, Macmillan, ISBN 9780312697792, OL 25275735M, page 192:
      Avoid putting a comma immediately after any of the FANBOYS.

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