part of speech that connects two words, sentences, phrases, or clauses
Conjunctions are words which join phrases, clauses and sentences.
Conjunctions have three basic forms which are shown in the table below.
|Single Word||and, but, because, although, or, etc.||Do you want chips or cake?|
|Compound||provided that, as long as, in order that/to, etc.||You need to exercise in order to lose weight.|
|Correlative||both/and, either/or, neither/nor, not/but, not only/but also||Either Monday or Tuesday is fine.
Not only should you eat fruit, but also vegetables.
|Coordinating conjunctions||Join equal (independent) parts of a sentence.||Always come between the words/clauses that they join.||Jack and Jill went up the hill.
The water was warm, but I didn't go swimming.
|Subordinating conjunctions||Join subordinate clauses to main clauses.||Usually come at the beginning of subordinate clauses.||I went swimming although it was cold.|
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