What is Coordination and Subordination?
Coordination is the act of connecting two ideas of equal weight and importance. Subordination involves identifying one idea as less important than another. Coordination and Subordination allow writers to make connections between ideas, emphasize certain ideas as more important than others, and create transitions between different ideas.
Coordinate ideas by…
Using a transitional phrase to connect two independent clauses
- She passed the test. She studied all weekend.
- She passed the test. After all, she studied all weekend.
Using a semicolon followed by a conjunctive adverb
- She studied all weekend. She passed the test
- She studied all weekend; consequently, she passed the test.
Subordinate ideas by…
Using a subordinating conjunctions or relative pronoun to convey the relationship between the two ideas
- Sarah hates public speaking. She gave a speech in honor of her favorite charity.
- Although Sarah hates public speaking, she gave a speech in honor of her favorite charity