The Conjunction

The Conjunction :

Conjunctions is a word such as BUT, AND or WHILE that connects parts of sentences, phrases or clauses.

A conjunction is a word that merely joins together sentences, phrases, clauses or words.

Conjunctions are different from Relative Pronouns, Relative Adverbs and Prepositions.

It may be noted that Relative Pronouns, Relative Adverbs and Prepositions are also connective words.

The difference is that Conjunction merely joins, whereas, Relative Pronouns, Relative Adverbs and Prepositions not only join, but also establish inter-relationship.

Conjunctions are words like AND, BUT, BECAUSE & ALTHOUGH.

They are used to join clauses together and to show the relationship between the ideas in the clauses.

1. We have to go the market.
2. They too have to go to the market.

There are two sentences above. Now, we can club these sentences into one by adding the conjunction AND. Such a combined sentence has been given below.

They and we have to go to the market.

1. My father is a teacher.
2. His sister is also a teacher.

My father and his sister are teachers.

The conjunctions can be further classified into three types. They are….

1. Coordinating Conjunctions
2. Subordinating Conjunctions
3. Correlative Conjunctions

Coordinating Conjunctions connect or join two or more sentences, main clauses, words into single unit.

1. You go to Delhi or to Mumbai.
2. My father enjoys eating rice, but hates eating wheat-products.
3. You had better come earlier than usual time, for it will rain.

In the above sentences, OR, BUT and FOR are Coordinating Conjunctions.

Subordinating Conjunctions are the very important parts of complex sentences which include at least two clauses.

1. As she was getting ready to go to school, it started raining.

2. Since they were not prepared to go to the wedding, they came late.

In the above two sentences, AS and SINCE are Subordinating Conjunctions since these two words make the sentences complete.

Correlative Conjunctions are those conjunctions which are working in pairs to join phrases or words.

1. He is both intelligent and rich.
2. We will either go to the school or to the cinema.
3. They neither pay the fees nor go out of the college.

There are three sets of conjunctions. They are….

1. Both…..and
2. Either…..or
3. Neither…..nor

Since these conjunctions work in pairs, they are called Correlative Conjunctions.

1. Although she tried hard, she did not score high marks in this exam.
2. Since we were late, we did not get tickets.
3. As every one knows, he is a rich man.
4. Everyone knows that we are from Delhi and that he is from Mumbai.

Related Links :

  1. Kinds of Conjunctions
  2. Double Conjunctions
  3. Prepositions before Conjunctions
  4. Conjunctions used in Pairs
  5. Correlative Conjunctions
  6. Correlatives
  7. Compound Conjunctions
  8. Classes of Conjunctions
  9. Coordinating Conjunctions
  10. Kinds of Coordinating Conjunctions
  11. Subordinating Conjunctions
  12. Accumulative Conjunctions
  13. Cumulative Conjunctions
  14. Copulative Conjunctions
  15. Adversative Conjunctions
  16. Alternative Conjunctions
  17. Disjunctive Conjunctions
  18. Illative Conjunctions
  19. The Classes of Conjunctions
  20. The Conjunction AFTER
  21. The Conjunction IF
  22. The Conjunction BECAUSE
  23. The Conjunction THAT
  24. The Conjunction THOUGH
  25. The Conjunction ALTHOUGH
  26. The Conjunction TILL
  27. The Conjunction BEFORE
  28. The Conjunction UNLESS
  29. The Conjunction AS
  30. The Conjunction WHEN
  31. The Conjunction WHERE
  32. The Conjunction WHILE
  33. The Conjunction THAN
  34. Conjunctions in Sentences
  35. Conjunctions and Prepositions
  36. Conjunctions of Time
  37. The Conjunctions SINCE and OR
  38. The Conjunctions IF and THAT
  39. Conjunctions

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