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Conjunctions Overview

What are all the conjunctions?
How to use conjuctions in English grammar?

Conjunctions - Overview

1) Conjunctions are words that link other words, phrases, clauses, or sentences together.

Susan is an amazing wife and a wonderful mom.

2) Conjunctions add eloquence to our speech. They also allow us to form complex sentences instead of using multiple short ones.

Bran likes eating. He doesn’t like cooking. He finds cooking boring.
Bran likes eating but he doesn’t like cooking as he finds it boring.

Conjunctions can be divided into the following categories:

a) subordinating conjunctions link two clauses, a main (independent) one and a subordinate (dependent) one. The most commonly used subordinating conjunctions are although, as, because, if, though, unless etc.

She won’t speak with her parents unless they apologise first.

b) correlative conjunctions connect two equal grammatical items. These conjunctions come in pairs – either … or, neither … nor, not only … but also.

Either we go to the party or we stay at home.

c) compound conjunctions are phrases which are used as conjunctions. A compound conjunction has two or three words that go together – so that, as long as, even though etc.

Mike lied to his parents so that he could go to the party.

d) coordinating conjunctions are used to link words, phrases, and clauses of equal importance in a sentence. There are seven coordinating conjunctions – for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so (you can remember them with the help of the acronym FANBOYS).

Beth doesn’t like cheese, yet she eats pizza nearly every day.

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