A conjunction is a word that joins other words, phrases (groups of words), or clauses (groups of words with a subject and verb). Co-ordinate conjunctionsjoin words, phrases, or clauses of equal rank. There are two kinds: simpleand correlative. Subordinate conjunctions join dependent clauses to independent clauses. I will refer to them simply as co-ordinate, correlative, and subordinate.
The co-ordinate conjunctions are the following: and, but, or, nor, for, and yet. (For and yet can only join clauses.)
The correlative conjunctions are always in pairs. They are either-or, neither-nor, both-and, not only-but also, and whether-or.
Some common subordinate conjunctions are after, although, as, as if, because, before, if, since, so that, than, unless, until, when, where, while.
The co-ordinate and correlative conjunctions should be memorized since they are common and few in number.
Instructions: Find the co-ordinate conjunctions which are joining words in the following sentences and the words that are joined.
1. Jeff and I mowed all the lawns.
2. Grandpa is a slow but strong person.
3. Our guest will be Jeanne or Barbara.
4. I did not like nor appreciate your actions.
5. You or I must do the dishes.
–For answers scroll down.
1. and – joining Jeff/I
2. but – joining slow/strong
3. or – joining Jeanne/Barbara
4. nor – joining like/appreciate
5. or – joining You/I
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