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Thursday, January 6, 2011
A conjunction is a word that "joins". A conjunction joins two parts of a sentence.
Here are some example conjunctions:
and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so
although, because, since, unless
We can consider conjunctions from three aspects.
Conjunctions have three basic forms:
for example: and, but, because, although
Compound (often ending with as or that)
for example: provided that, as long as, in order that
Correlative (surrounding an adverb or adjective)
for example: so...that
Conjunctions have two basic functions or "jobs":
Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two parts of a sentence that are grammatically equal. The two parts may be single words or clauses, for example:
- JackandJill went up the hill.
- The water was warm,butI didn't go swimming.
Subordinating conjunctions are used to join a subordinate dependent clause to a main clause, for example:
- I went swimmingalthoughit was cold.
Coordinating conjunctions always come between the words or clauses that they join.
Subordinating conjunctions usually come at the beginning of the subordinate clause.