Writing Skills: When to use commas with FOR, AND, BUT, OR, YET, SO, NOR

Do you know how to use commas? In this lesson, you'll learn simple rules for using commas with coordinating conjunctions. Coordinating conjunctions connect two ideas or clauses in a sentence. We'll look at the most common conjunctions: 'for', 'and', 'nor', 'but', 'or', 'yet', and 'so'. Knowing how to place commas in your sentences will help you to write better, and will make your writing easier to read. This grammar lesson is essential for anyone who wants to improve their English writing. It is especially important for university writing, or if you're taking IELTS or TOEFL. So join me in this fun lesson, and learn to love the comma! And take the quiz on this lesson at TRANSCRIPT Fanboy and Comma girl, a love story. By Mr. E. Hi. I'm James from engVid. And you're probably wondering: What the hell am I talking about? Fanboy and Comma... Comma Girl, okay? She's a superhero, and our boy loves her. In case you don't know what a fanboy is because you may not follow comics or movies as religiously as these guys do, I've got a definition for you. So let's just read: What is a "fanboy"? A person who is loyal to a game, person, or company, regardless if it sucks or not. That's not quite true, but what they are talking about is that fanboys love their products. If they love Apple, it is the best the universe has ever produced. And if Apple does something wrong, help them, somebody help them because they will be angry. But generally put, they just love their products so much, they let everybody know about them. Anybody with ears that will listen or who cannot escape from them. All right? So how does this have anything to do with English and grammar? Well, this is a grammar lesson, and I find sometimes grammar can be incredibly boring, so let's make it a little bit fun. So we created a love story by Mr. E. Now, let's start off with comma. Because what is this lesson about? It's how, well, conjunctions, which I'm going to get to, work with commas and sentences. Some of you might have problems with them, I mean, some of you might even go: "Conjunctions, what are they?" So I'm going to talk about the most common conjunctions, and I'm going to talk about comma usage. Okay? We're going to do a quick lesson, here, and I'll make it fun. You ready? So the first thing we should talk about is a comma. What is a comma? It's a punctuation mark. When you have sentences, there's a time to take a breath or to complete it. Okay? Now, periods, you may know, end sentences or ends thoughts. A comma sometimes gives us a breath or it gives us a pause between parts of a sentence, or gives you time to catch your breath, or get part of an idea. Okay? We also use it for lists. There's Frank, okay? Frank, Billy, John, Susie, you know, lists. Lists of things. Knives, forks, scissors, dah, dah, dah, and you'll have comma, comma, comma, separating them, keeping them individual. And finally, we can also... Well, there's more uses, but these are general. We can use them for numbers, large numbers. You know this, we can say 1,000, there'll be a comma to indicate 1,000, and two commas to indicate 1,000,000. So largers... Numbers larger than 1,000, you'll have commas somewhere. All right? That's basically what the comma is used for. Three different uses. So, what are fanboys? Well, I told you they're excited about everything, right? Well, there's a little bit more than that. They're conjunctions. If we look here, I wrote "conjunction", and I put exactly what a conjunction is. It means to join something together. In this case, when we have usually conjunctions, we join two ideas together. If we use a conjunction with a comma, normally you're going to have clauses, and the clauses will be balanced or equal. Okay? Later on we'll go into all of that, but that's what's going to happen when we have usually a comma and a conjunction. You know, there are clauses being used and they're balanced. But: "What are the conjunctions?" you might ask. Well, let's start off with... These are the basic ones. There are more, but these are the most common ones, and we use this acronym which is a word made up from the first letter of each word so you have something that's easy to remember, and I chose FANBOYS. And in a second, I'll reveal why. "For", it gives you a reason. Why did they do this? Okay? "And" ideas that go together.

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You are so good at teaching. Thank you for the video.
Thank you.
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It's sometimes hard to focus on the topic, when teacher is so charming :D
You made this so easy. Im taking comp I currently, and I was struggling with this subject. Thank you for this helpful video!
I am a bit confused about the example "James has not been to Barcelona, nor has he lived in London." why do you put a comma there when it says "has he lived in London" after "yet"? Doesn't it have to be a complete idea after the conjunction, or does it count as an independent clause with the word "yet" ?
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Mr James...I love fanboys&comma girl now...U made it so simple...thnx loads!!!
First time watching one of these videos, and I am instant fan boy of your page.
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Why we use comma between ( button,button )
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Does this video includes when to use comma before words like - which, such as, including, and includes? Can anyone shed light on these things theoretically over here by replying to me please!
Ozone layer,which is protected the earth by preventing ultra violet rays coming from sun ,is also affected by pollution .plz can you tell me this is right or wrong sentence
About this sentence: "James has not been to Barcelona, nor has he lived in London." why we have "nor has" i think it should be just "nor" ?
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When do I use the "–" sign then? And is this right? I suggest you should watch Sam Fredricks videos on YouTube, if you think being an American is bad.
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Thanks for the amazing video. But I am little confuse about the comma and semi colons. Could you please explain that too?
You lost me at 1:17. I struggled till 5:22 and really tried to focus. but couldn't take it when I saw the shirt thing. Man, get to the point.
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James, thanks my man! I scored a flawless 90-90-90-90 in my first attempt at PTE. Your tips helped me a great deal. God bless! cheers!
Awesome explanation.
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11:35 is the superman not a complete sentence because it's missing a verb? otherwise i don't get it. if so you could have broken that bit down for others who didn't know that.
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So FANBOY is just a euphemism for stalker?
Great video. The Creativity of the person made this video better than it is supposed to be.
The discovery, says Columbus is a voyage of discovery. Am I supposed to put a comma after columbus
Thank you so much
Would there be a 'comma' before 'and' in the following sentence? If not, please explain the reason. Ibelieve that this problem has certain causes and can be solved by taking special measures.
12:18 you did it again, but now that i look closer i can see "s+v" written to the right. Hint: you should have brought up another white board briefly, with that S V thing singled out. Too much noise is happening on the board, i didn't notice it before and i doubt many others did. point is you should have drawn more attention to that part, made it bigger and easier to see. just tips for your next video.
Is that all i need to know about commas? Or is there more to it
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I didnt really understand when I use "yet" Can someone explain me?
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As a native English speaker I can say that even we have trouble with knowing where to put commas so you're not alone. Good luck
Man that fanboys thing is an awesome mnemonic, cheers.
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It's often easier to omit the subject of the second phrase when it's obvious, thereby negating the need of a comma.For example: "I went to the store and bought eggs."
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I put commas, anywhere in my sentence.
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Looking like Mr.moseby.
Its..so fantastic..
So, NOR it's like FOR or AND but use when for onlynegative sentence? ok, thanks!
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Is it normal in english to put comma before the first word in the line?
Man dude you really helped me out really hard understanding this thanks dude!!
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I love your videos!thank you so much!
James, You are so clever, you can find Fanboys are connected by the first letters of the words: for, and, nor, by, or, so. Thanks a lot!
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Great man. You teach very well and you're funny too
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Your video was great. It was fun and educational. keep up the good work.
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Stealing Superman's style to show Batman. I see what you did there. Superman is the best.
I'm doing a Masters of Literature, but my grammar is awful. Thanks for making these videos. They've helped me quite a bit
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I don't understand why a school desnt have a 14 minute vid instead of talking for like 4 hours about commas
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You used the "H" word in the start
Anybody else catch what he said at 10:12 lol.
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