Conjunctions

To connect two sentences to each other, we need some words to link them without breaking the structure of the sentences. Let us learn these linking words.

"Conjunctions" in the English Grammar

What Are Conjunctions?

With the help of conjunctions, you can link two sentences to each other. In this case, you are capable of making paragraphs. Remember, conjunctions can also be used to link words and phrases not just clauses.

Types of Conjunctions

'Conjunctions' are categorized into three main groups based on what they are linking. Here are three main categories:

Coordinating Conjunctions

'Coordinating adjectives' are linking words that join two words of the same word classes. We mean if the first word is a noun, the coordinating conjunction after it, must be a noun as well. There are only seven of them in English.

  1. For
  2. And
  3. Nor
  4. But
  5. Or
  6. Yet
  7. So

Both dogs and cats are lovely animals.

I like to talk to you, but I cannot forgive what you did.

using conjunctions in a sentence

Subordinating Conjunctions

As the name requires, 'subordinating conjunctions' are used to join the subordinate clause to the main clause. 'Although,' 'because,' 'until,' 'while,' etc, are some common examples of 'subordinating conjunctions.'

I talked on the phone, while they were having dinner.

They did not take off yet, because the flight has been delayed.

Correlative Conjunctions

'Correlative conjunctions' are used to join alternatives or equal elements. They are usually two words that are used together to imply the correct meaning. Some important 'correlative conjunctions' are either/or, neither/nor, not only/but also.

Neither his dad nor his brother used to play basket ball, but he is really interested in this sport.

Not only he cheated, but also he was not sorry at all.

Starting a Sentence with Conjunctions

You can start a sentence with a conjunction if it implies a logical meaning, no matter which conjunction you are using.

Although he is young, he never attends in parties.

Because she was sick, she decided not to come to the wedding.

Review

Conjunctions are used to link sentences with each other. Let us take a look at different conjunctions.

  • coordinating conjunctions
  • subordinating conjunctions
  • correlative conjunctions

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