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Lesson 76

Parts of Speech - Conjunctions


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 conjunctions join words, phrases, or clauses of equal rank. There are two kinds: simple and 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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