The conjunction is the part of speech used as a “joiner” for words, phrases, or clauses in a particular sentence.
Examples – For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So (FANBOYS)
- Pizza and burgers are my favorite snacks.
- Emma did not like bananas but she loved apples.
- You may bring a main dish or a side dish to the party.
There are three types of conjunctions:
- Coordinating Conjunctions
- Correlative Conjunctions
- Subordinating Conjunctions
Coordinating Conjunctions – Coordinating conjunctions, also called coordinators, are conjunctions that connect two or more equal items.
Examples- and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet
- She plays tennis and soccer
- It is raining, so we have an umbrella.
- He works quickly but accurately
Correlative Conjunctions- Correlative Conjunctions are used in pairs. They work in pairs to coordinate two items.
Examples- both…and…, either…or, not only… but also… neither…nor, not only …. But also
- My sister will begin either trade school or community college in the fall.
- I didn’t know that she can neither read nor
- He is not only a strong student but also a gifted athlete.
Subordinating Conjunctions – Subordinating conjunctions, also called subordinators, are conjunctions that join a dependent (or subordinating) clause to an independent (or main) clause.
Examples- After, Although, As, Because, Before, Even if, Even though, If, In order that, Once, Provided that, Rather than, Since, So that, Than, That, Though, Unless, Until, When, Whenever, Where, Whereas, Wherever, Whether, While, Why
- After dinner, we’ll go see a movie.
- Whether or not you agree, I think it looks fine.
- Until we find it, we can’t leave.