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For example, the parts of a sentence that a preposition operates on are called "prepositional objects". I was wondering if there's a name for the parts that are connected by a conjunction? E.g. in "apples and oranges", would we say "apple" and "orange" are the objects of "and"?

  • Er, coordinates? – F.E. Jan 2 '14 at 6:03
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They are its coordinands; see http://www.glottopedia.org/index.php/Coordinand.

(That page also lists some alternatives, namely term, member, coordinated unit, coordinate, and conjunct.)

  • That is a difficult word to say. I tried four times, and it still sounds funny. – anongoodnurse Jan 2 '14 at 9:47
  • Thanks, I've never heard of that word but that's exactly what I'm looking for! :) – welkin Jan 2 '14 at 17:20
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elements: when a coordinating conjunction is used to connect all the elements in a series, a comma is not used:

Presbyterians and Methodists and Baptists are the prevalent Protestant congregations in Oklahoma.

equivalent sentence elements: Correlative conjunctions always appear in pairs -- you use them to link equivalent sentence elements.

elements: A coordinating conjunction joining three or more words, phrases, or subordinate clauses creates a series and requires commas between the elements.

  • No: they're the elements of the series, not the elements of the conjunction. – ruakh Jan 2 '14 at 8:45
  • @ruakh - I didn't say they were elements of the conjunction. I said they were elements. Which they are. Elements. – anongoodnurse Jan 2 '14 at 9:35
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    I know you didn't mean to say they were elements of the conjunction, but the question was "would we say 'apple' and 'orange' are the objects of 'and'?", and your answer was "elements". So you did say that. – ruakh Jan 2 '14 at 9:40
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    Humph! You are exactly correct. My apolgies. I should have read the OP's question more carefully. Thank you. :) – anongoodnurse Jan 2 '14 at 9:43

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