5.1 Using conjunctions in compound sentences
One way to connect two independent clauses within a sentence is to use the following conjunctions:
as so but or
As is used with a similar meaning to because, when one statement is the reason for another, as in this sentence:
I cannot share this information as it is confidential.
So is used when one statement is the result of the previous one, as in this sentence:
Do tasks that are quickly achieved so they don’t seem too daunting.
But is used when there is a contrast between the two, for example:
Friends are important to young people but parents still have a very important role.
Or is used when a statement is an alternative to the previous one, for example:
Parents may send their children to school or they may educate them at home.
Other conjunctions include: for, yet and nor.
When the two clauses are quite long, place a comma before the coordinating conjunction to help the reader to see where one clause ends and another begins.