What is a conjunction?

What is a conjunction?

A conjunction, which is sometimes called a connector is a word that is used to connect sentences or phrases and clauses within a sentence. Some examples of conjunctions are and, so, but and because.

In a sentence, only one conjunction is used to connect two clauses, not multiple conjunctions. Conjunctions allow us to form complex sentences, avoid “choppiness” in our writing and create a smoother narrative.

Three types of conjunctions are coordinating conjunctions, correlative conjunctions and subordinating Conjunctions.


Coordinating conjunctions are used to join words or phrases that have equal grammatical rank in the sentence.
Examples of coordinating conjunctions are and, but and or.

Some example sentences with coordinating conjunctions are:
I drink milk but I have to boil it first or I get a stomach ache.
The doctor recommended getting some rest and drinking ginger ale.

Correlative conjunctions are conjunctions that are used in pairs. They work together to connect words or phrases in a sentence.
Some examples of correlative conjunctions are:
as / as,
neither / nor
either / or

not only/but also

Some example sentences with correlative conjunctions are:
They are as in love as the day they got married.
I have neither the time nor the energy to do this.
You need to either find a solution or stop complaining about it.

He is not only a doctor but also a licensed pilot.

Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect an independent and a dependent clause in a sentence. Subordinating conjunctions show a relationship between clauses as. In some cases, this is a cause and effect relationship or a contrast. The conjunction is part of the dependent clause, but the clause can come at the beginning as well as at the end of the sentence. For this reason, it is not a mistake to start a sentence with a conjunction. On the contrary, it can be a good way to build a phrase and emphasize your idea.

Some examples of subordinating conjunctions are because, though and unless.

Some examples of sentences with subordinating conjunctions are:
I like Indian food because it’s seasoned so well with so many spices.
She still can’t swim even though she took 8 weeks of lessons.
He won’t stop binge watching that awful show unless it gets cancelled.

 

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