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In linguistics, a coordination is a complex syntactic structure that links together two or more elements, known as conjuncts or conjoins. The conjuncts generally have similar grammatical features (e.g. syntactic category, semantic function), and the coordinated structure as a whole retains most of the same properties as the individual conjuncts, although it may introduce new features (e.g. plurality).
Coordinating conjunctions are often, though not always, used to link the conjuncts in a coordination. Depending on the number of conjunctions used, coordinations can be classified as "syndetic", "asyndetic", or "polysyndetic".
Coordination can be contrasted with subordination, a complex structure in which the component parts do not have parallel functions.
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