That roar you heard today was English teachers everywhere cheering. Why? Because the word fanboys appeared in the Doonesbury comic strip.

“Fanboys” is a nonsense word for remembering the seven coordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. But it’s not a nonsense word anymore!

Here are two good things to know about the fanboys words:

1.  They’re the only seven words you can use with a comma to join two sentences. (Sorry – you can’t join sentences with then, however, therefore, or any of the other words that so many writers try to use as joiners.)

We got a late start, however we were on time for the meeting.  INCORRECT

We got a late start. However, we were on time for the meeting.  CORRECT

We got a late start, but we were on time for the meeting.  CORRECT

2.  The most important fanboys words are and and but. You’ll rarely need to think about the other five.

3.  In this context, for means because. It’s a usage that’s not common anymore.

Beverly decided not to marry John, for she thought she would be happier on her own.  CORRECT

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2 thoughts on “The FANBOYS Words

  1. Meri Kroll

    Thank you so much, it really helped me a lot. Because of you, I was able to know how to use these words, that make correct sentences. I hope and pray others will use your website, so they too will know how to write correct sentence. Thank you for your great help. GOD bless you.

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