I have received instruction that coordinating conjunctions that begin a sentence should always be immediately followed by a comma.

I do not find another thread in this forum which answers my 2 specific questions, or even helps elucidate them.

Question 1) I cannot think of a single example where coordinating conjunction "For," at the beginning of a sentence, would be immediately followed by a comma. Can you?

Question 2) Is it true that, for the 6 CC besides "For," in all instances where a CC is the first word of a sentence, that CC is immediately followed by a comma?

Thank you.

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    Does this answer your question? Commas after coordinating conjunctions at the beginning of a sentence? You might also wish to look at Pitarou's answer and especially the linked article at conjunction puzzle - is this clause dependent or independent?. Feb 11, 2021 at 16:53
  • ... Essentially, it 'explodes the myth of FANBOYS'; these seven words do not form a homogeneous group. Far from it, as CGEL explains. And in fact, the Wikipedia article on 'coordinating conjunctions' suggests other candidates (8, 9, 10 ...) (eg 'only' as in 'I would go, only I don't have time') that could be added to this mixed assemblage. Feb 11, 2021 at 17:02
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    @Yosef I'm assuming that that wasn't a wry attempt at an example from OP; it didn't add to the question. It's gone. // I'll tack on that parentheticals give false-positives: 'For, in spite of all the warnings, he persisted in skiing off-piste'. (Are there still people who say that starting a sentence with a 'CC' is a mortal sin?) Feb 11, 2021 at 17:22
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    @EdwinAshworth I have yet to see a legitimate use of for as a coördinating conjunction. How can you use for to connect two noun phrases when for example composing a compound subject? Not even the OED itself shows any uses of for as a coördinating conjunction. And so I disbelieve—or rather, I shall continue to believe all this to be some figmentational mythunderstanding until and unless it should someday be demonstrably proven otherwise. Quod erit demonstrandum and all that future jazz.
    – tchrist
    Feb 11, 2021 at 17:45
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    "For" belongs to just two parts of speech: a preposition, as in This is for you, and a clause subordinator, as in For John to lose his temper like that is highly unusual. Note that the for infinitival clause is in front position in that example where it functions as subject. By contrast the coordinator "and" can occur in front position: A: Ed is a good teacher. B: And his students really like him.
    – BillJ
    Feb 11, 2021 at 18:14


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