But Where The Hell Is OrNiCar? (Coordinating Conjunction)

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It is the actual equivalent meaning to the mnemotechnic phrase taught to French pupils so they can memorize coordination conjunction with ease. Mais ou et donc or ni car? (the exact translation would have involved the pronoun instead of ou and the verb est instead of et. Beware not to confuse them).

They are used to link 2 words or group of words that have the same grammatical function.

Conjunction Example
Mais Il n'est pas là mais il arrive bientôt
Ou Tu veux manger Thai ou Libanais?
Et Lauryn et Edinson vont se marier
Donc Je ne suis pas du matin donc je prends mes rendez-vous à partir de 14h
Or Le PSG partait favoris or malgré un très bon jeu ils ont perdu
Ni Tu n'auras ni l'un ni l'autre
Car Je suis en retard car j'ai oublié de mettre mon réveil

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