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Post by hanuman_2000 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:09 am


We have been taught that FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or , yet, so) are used to make a compound sentence. At the same time, 'for' and 'so' are also used in a complex sentence as subordinator.
1. The rain has stopped, so she has gone for a walk.

2. I lent him money, for he needed it. ( 'for' for reason)

I would like to know whether the above sentences are compound sentences or complex.

Could anyone explain the dual role of these two conjunctions?


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Post by Alan » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:28 am

1. Although widely serving as one for informal use, 'so' is not a conjunction but an adverb. The correct connective formulation, at least for formal purposes, is 'and so'.

2. The archaic conjunction 'for' (which, incidentally, has no sense other than 'because') is classified as a coordinator since it cannot stand in initial position. . Your sentence is therefore compound.