note – many teachers say that FANBOYS join two independent clauses. It’s true that the two items were independent before they were joined, but “and he went” is no longer independent. If it has the conjunction on it, it can no longer stand alone! “but he stayed home” is not a good sentence just like “because he stayed home” is not a sentence. In these videos, they say that FANBOYS join two independent clauses. I still say that, once they are joined, they are no longer two independent parts. That’s just another way to explain it. You can think of it either way that helps you learn it.
FIND THE INDEPENDENT CLAUSE
IS IT A SENTENCE? A FRAGMENT? A RUN-ON?
ADVANCED: FRAGMENTS AND RUN-ONS