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(A coordinating conjunction is a word that joins two elements of equal grammatical rank and syntactic importance.) (website definition)

Subordinating conjunction used as a subordinate conjunction: (website named exception 'so'.)

Grace is saving money so (she can buy her own horse.)- dependent

Question: Can the others And, but, for, nor, or, yet work in the same capacity?

You can put most of these coordinating conjunctions in front of ''she can buy her own horse'' and re-work the sentence.

Grace is short of money but she can still buy her own horse.

Grace is short of money yet she can still buy her own horse.

Grace is short of money and ,for now, can still buy her own horse.

So they are not joining elements of 'equal' grammatical rank.

  • It would be helpful if you could list the seven you are mentioning. – Nigel J May 13 '18 at 14:35
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    So in the second sentence is short for so that (in order that). This is a different function from so as a coordinating conjunction. – AmE speaker May 14 '18 at 4:22
  • grammar-quizzes.com/8-9.html (so [that] vs. so) So used as an adverb vs. so used as a coordinating conjunction. – Bread May 14 '18 at 21:24

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