Conjunctions

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.

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