French Coordinating Conjunctions List



French Coordinating Conjunctions List

There are seven coordinating conjunctions in both French and English.  It is important to remember them, as these are the words that are used to join other words or clauses.

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A mnemonic is a tool that helps us remember certain information. I can remember as a child learning the mnemonic FANBOYS to remember coordinating conjunctions in English.

FFOR
AAND
NNOR
BBUT
OOR
YYET
SSO

French kids also learn a mnemonic to help them remember coordinating conjunctions!  Interestingly, Ornicar is now the  name of an asteroid in the main belt discovered on March 24, 1998.  The French astronomer Alain Maury named the asteroid Ornicar in memory of the famous mnemonic formula Mais où est donc Ornicar? used to remember coordinating conjunctions in French.

I’m sure it will help you as well!  The French version is stated as a question:

Mais où est donc Ornicar?

But where could Ornicar be?

MAISBUT
(où – where )
OU
OR
(est – is – être)
ET
AND
DONCSO
ORYET
NINOR
CARFOR (because)

If you’re interested in learning more common French grammar mnemonics, check out this site!


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