What are the common pairs of correlative conjunctions? How many correlative conjunctions are there? When do we use correlative conjunctions?
1) Conjunctions are words that link other words, phrases, clauses, or sentences together.
Susan is an amazing wife and a wonderful mom.
2) There are many types of conjunctions. Among them there are correlative conjunctions. They connect two equal grammatical items in a sentence.
Either you apologise or I’ll call mommy!
These conjunctions come in pairs – either … or, neither … nor, not only … but also, rather … than etc.
When using correlative conjunctions, pay attention to the subject-predicate agreement so that you have parallel structures.
College life is not only about partying, but also study like crazy.
College life is not only about partying, but also about studying like crazy.
Note that a negative correlative like neither … nor can go at the beginning of a sentence. In this case, the word order is inverted, and the auxiliary verb comes before the subject. Compare the sentences:
Neither did Sam clean the apartment nor did he buy groceries.
Sam neither cleaned the apartment nor bought groceries.
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