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?

Conjunctions are a type of word used in language to connect two or more words, phrases, or clauses together. They are often used to express relationships between ideas, coordinate or subordinate information, and create more complex sentence structures.

Conjunctions: Types

'Conjunctions' are categorized into three main groups based on the structures they link together. Here are the three categories:

Coordinating Conjunctions

'Coordinating conjunctions' are linking words that join words, phrases, or clauses of equal importance. There are only seven coordinating conjunctions in English:

Both dogs and cats are lovely animals.

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

a subordinating conjunction

Subordinating Conjunctions

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

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

They did not take off, because the flight was cancelled.

Correlative Conjunctions

'Correlative conjunctions' are pairs of conjunctions that work together to join words, phrases, or clauses that have equal importance or are parallel in grammatical structure. They are typically used to emphasize the relationship between the words, phrases, or clauses they connect. Some important 'correlative conjunctions' of English are either...or, neither..nor, and 'not only...but also'.

Neither his dad nor his brother used to play basketball, 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, regardless of which conjunction is used.

Although he is young, he never attends 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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