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    Coordinating Conjunction vs Subordinating Conjunctions

    I've read about the differences between coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions and also between independent and dependent clauses. However, I'm still not 100% clear about the differences between them.

    For example, I read that "for" is a coordinating conjunction while "because" is a subordinating conjunction. Both are used to "give reasons". I'm confused because it seems that both words can be interchangeably used for most of the occasions I can think of. The only difference is that you can put "because" in the front of a sentence, but you can't put "for" in the beginning of the sentence.

    Is that one reason why one is a CC while the other is a SC?

    THanks.

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    Re: Coordinating Conjunction vs Subordinating Conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by englishteacher79 View Post
    I've read about the differences between coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions and also between independent and dependent clauses. However, I'm still not 100% clear about the differences between them.

    For example, I read that "for" is a coordinating conjunction while "because" is a subordinating conjunction. Both are used to "give reasons". I'm confused because it seems that both words can be interchangeably used for most of the occasions I can think of. The only difference is that you can put "because" in the front of a sentence, but you can't put "for" in the beginning of the sentence. For the love of God, where did you ever get that notion?

    Is that one reason why one is a CC while the other is a SC?

    THanks.
    Gil

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