What are Conjunctions?

Conjunctions are words used to link words, phrases and clauses to make them into a more meaningful sentence.  For examples:-

  • Abdul is singing while taking a shower.
  • Are buses and taxis considered public transportation?
  • I can meet you before you leave.

There are 3 categories of conjunction:-

  1. Coordinating Conjunctions ~~ and, but, or, nor, for, so , yet ~~ You use coordinating conjunction to join individual words, phrases and independent clauses.  Please note that “but” and “for” can be used as prepositions.
  2. Subordinating Conjunctions ~~ after, although, as, because, before, how, if, once, since, then, that, though, till, until, when, where, whether, while ~~ A subordinating conjunction introduces a dependent clause showing the relationship between the independent clause(s) and the dependent clause(s).
  3. Correlative Conjunctions ~~  both…and, either…or, neither…nor, not only…but also, so…as, whether…or ~~ Correlative conjunctions always appear in pairs.  They are used to link relevant in a sentence.  Technically correlative conjunctions consist simply of a coordinating conjunction linked to an adjective or an adverb.