Daily Grammar

Quiz for Lessons 81-85

Parts of Speech - Conjunctions

A conjunction is a word that joins other words, phrases, or clauses. Co-ordinate conjunctions join words, phases, 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, and while.

Instructions: Find the conjunctions in these sentences, and tell whether it is co-ordinate, correlative, or subordinate.

1. If you have time, visit your sister while you are in Tucson.

Ifsubordinate you have time, visit your sister whilesubordinate  
you are in Tucson.

2. The hurricane damaged not only North Carolina but also New Jersey.

The hurricane damaged not onlycorrelative North  
Carolina but alsocorrelative  
New Jersey.

3. The injured boy could neither walk nor talk.

The injured boy could neithercorrelative walk norcorrelative  

4. Soccer and basketball are popular sports throughout the world.

Soccer andco-ordinate basketball are popular sports 
throughout the  

5. The principal and the teacher were shocked, but they soon punished him.

The principal andco-ordinate the teacher were  
shocked, butco-ordinate they soon  
punished him.

6. She was arrested because she was both dishonest and corrupt.

She was arrested becausesubordinate she was both correlative  
dishonest andcorrelative  

7. As I said, you may have either this dog or the other.

Assubordinate I said, you may have eithercorrelative this dog orcorrelative  
the other.

8. Did you honk, or did I imagine it?

Did you honk, orco-ordinate did I imagine it?

9. Although the storm passed, the clouds were dark and gloomy.

Althoughsubordinate the storm passed, the clouds  
were dark andco-ordinate gloomy.

10. After the semester was over, my friend and I traveled to the Black Hills.

Aftersubordinate the semester was over, my friend  
andco-ordinate I traveled to the  
Black Hills.

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