Types of Conjunctions

3 Types of Conjunctions | Definitions, and Examples

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In this lesson, we’ll learn the 3 types of Conjunctions including their definitions and examples. Conjunction plays a vital role to connect one word to another word or one clause to another clause. Conjunction mainly combines two similar parts of speech. This is how a noun is joined to another noun or a pronoun; a verb to another verb; an adjective to another adjective; an adverb to another adverb etc.

Let us know the definition of conjunction. A conjunction is a “part of speech” that joins one word to another word, one word to a clause, or one sentence to another sentence. Examples are in the below sentences:

  • Rony and Jony are going to a trip.
  • He is happy but missing his parents.
  • They are so nurvous that they cannot interpret the story.
  • Lukas and I play ludo together.
  • Neither he nor you accept the request.

Types of Conjunctions

Conjunctions are of three types. They are:

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

Coordinating Conjunctions

Coordinating Conjunctions are used to join words, phrases, or independent clauses in a sentence of equal grammar structure. Now you may have a question on “what are the coordinating conjunctions” right? Well, in English grammar, there are seven most common Coordinating Conjunctions. They are; and, but, or, for, yet, nor, and so. Let us see some examples of coordinating conjunctions:

  • Jim and Mim play basketball.
  • He failed in the examination but never gave up.
  • Practice more or you’ll be eliminated from the competition.
  • He left the office yet he has many tasks to be done.
  • He is so poor that he doesn’t bear his livelihood.
  • Either I or you will climb the tree.
  • Neither he nor his brother agree with matter.
  • I’m happy to see you but missing our old days.
  • Sweety is good at English and she will make a good result.
  • Follow the instruction of your teacher or you’ll miss a lot of things.

Subordianting Conjunctions

Subordinating Conjunctions are types of conjunctions that join independent clauses and dependent clauses. There are many Subordinating Conjunctions in the English language. The common Subordinating Conjunctions are; Though, although, since, as, when, where, till, until, after, before, if, unless, as if, as though, because, etc. Let us see some examples of Subordinating Conjunctions:

  • Though he was sick, he finished his homwork.
  • Since I am happy, I miss my family.
  • When you came here, she went her campus.
  • You know where your brother spends his leisure time.
  • If you agree with me, I will start the business with you.
  • Take a break till you recover from the dieases.
  • Don’t bother him untill he finishes his work.
  • He behaves as if he knows everything.
  • I am here because you invited me.
  • He came after I had finished my breakfast.

Correlative Conjunctions

Sometimes we may see pair of conjunctions work together in a sentence. These types of conjunctions are called Correlative Conjunctions. There are many Correlative Conjunctions in the English language. The most common Correlative Conjunctions are; either-or, neither-nor, not only-but also, so-that, both-and, no sooner-than, hardly-when, such-that, etc. Let us see some examples of Correlative Conjunctions:

  • Either you or I fix the issue of the computer.
  • Neither he nor she attend the program.
  • Not only you but also we face the same challenge.
  • He work so hard that he can feed his family.
  • No sooner had I went my college than my friends left.
  • He is both happy and sad.
  • Hardly had I made the food when my sister stayed in New York.
  • Not only he writes articles but also continues them regularly.
  • She is such a beautiful girl that everyone praises her for that.
  • Either Kareem or Rakeen follow your guidelines.
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