Conjunction is a word that connects or joins clauses, words, phrases together in a sentence. Conjunctions are used to coordinate words in a sentence. “but”, “although”, “while” are some common conjunctions. Three types of conjunctions are Coordinating Conjunctions, Subordinating Conjunctions, Correlative Conjunctions. Let us learn the types and examples of conjunctions and their correct use.
Conjunctions are very important words used in English. You use them every day! A Conjunction is a word that joins parts of a sentence, phrases or other words together. Conjunctions are used as single words or in pairs. Example: and, but, or are used by themselves, whereas, neither/nor, either/or are conjunction pairs.
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Paired or Correlative and Compound Conjunctions
Use of Conjunctions
Types of Conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions– are single words that join similar words or phrases or elements.
Subordinating conjunctions– also join similar words, phrases or elements but exist in pairs.
Correlative conjunctions- They are actually adverbs that are used as conjunctions.
Learn more about types of conjunctions here in detail.
Examples of Conjunctions: FANBOYS
Let us now understand the use of different conjunctions that we routinely use in our day-to-day communication.
For- It is used to sight a reason or purpose. Example: I bought a new bag for my upcoming trip.
And- It connects or adds one thing to another. Example: I love both apples and bananas.
Nor- It is used to indicate a negative idea to an already existing negative idea. Example: Neither the white dress nor the yellow one looks good on me.
But- It is used to show a contrast between two items or ideas. Example: I wanted to go for a hike but I have to go to work today.
Or- It is used to present an alternative to an already present positive idea. Example: Would you like tea or coffee?
Yet- It is used to introduce an idea that adds something to a previous idea and is usually contrasting with it. Example: I practice daily yet I couldn’t put up a good show yesterday.
So- It is a conjunction that is used to indicate the effect or result of an occurrence. Example: Both parents worked hard so that their children could study in good schools.