Conjunctions: The basics

Most simply, conjunctions connect things. They allow us to make longer more complex sentences.

There are four types of conjunctions:

A coordinating conjunction

  • connects a word, a phrase or a clause of equal weight. (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet)

A subordinating conjunction

  • connects only clauses and in doing so creates a subordinate clause.

A correlative conjunction

  • operates in pairs to connect sentence elements. (Either/Or, Neither/Nor, Not Only/But Also)

A conjunctive adverb

  • creates a relationship between ideas in the sentence.
  • not a true conjunction

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