A conjunction connects words or groups of words.
Jorge and Sera were suntanning on the beach, before it began to snow.
There are two main types of conjunctions: coordinate and subordinate.
A coordinate conjunction connects words, phrases, a clauses of equal rank.
Mark and Jane are going over to Jorge´s house.
A subordinate conjunction connects two clauses of unequal rank.
We went to the beach before it snowed.
The primary conjunctions in common use are:
Coordinate and subordinate conjunctions may also be used
in pairs, these are called correlatives.
The primary correlative conjunctions in common use are:
|both. . .and
||either. . .or
|not only. . .but also
||neither. . .or
Here is an exercise to try out:
Select each of the following conjunctions and give their
give their class type on the following line:
(eg. coordinate, subordinate, correlative)
- He and I are friends.
- Did you see Jorge when he went to the beach?
- Neither Sera nor Jorge were able to go to the beach.
- We never went because the poor weather.
- We would go if we had a vehicle.
- Not only did we eat last night but also today.
- Sera and Jorge went to the beach.
- Sera likes neither Jorge nor Ezekiel.
- They cannot go to the beach while it is snowing.
- Both Sera and Jorge are sixteen years old.
The Parts of Speech
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