Does a coordinate clause include a coordinator (/coordinating conjunction)?

For example:

"It was apple-blossom time, and the days were getting warmer."

Is "and the days were getting warmer" a coordinate clause? Or is it "the days were getting warmer" (without "and") that is a coordinate clause? Which does the coordinator "and" belong in?


In English grammar, a coordinate clause is a clause (i.e., a word group containing a subject and predicate) that is introduced by one of the coordinating conjunctions--most commonly and or but.

Practical English Usage

co-ordinate clause one of two or more main or subordinate clauses of equal 'value' that are connected. Examples: Shall I come to your place or would you like to come to mine?; It's cooler today and there's a bit o f a wind; she said that it was late and that she was tired. See also main clause, subordinate clause.

  • Yes, the coordinator forms a constituent with the coordinate following it, thus [Ed is a good teacher] [and his students like him]. In that example the coordinator "and" is part of the second coordinate.
    – BillJ
    Commented Feb 15, 2021 at 16:35

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The coordinator "and" is contained within (and thus part of) the second coordinate.

A simple piece of evidence for this is that a sentence division can occur between the two clauses. The two sentences might even be spoken by two different people, one adding to what the other said. And when we separate the two clauses like this, the coordinator goes with the second:

A: Ed is a good teacher. B: And his students really like him.

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