English/Parts of Speech/Conjunctions
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A conjunction or connective is a word or phrase that brings together two or more things of the same type. It may bring together nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, interjections, phrases, or whole sentences.
For example: Bob and Jenny went to the bank.
In this example, Bob and Jenny are proper nouns (a kind of noun), and the word and joins them together, showing that both of them did the action (they both went to the bank).
Kinds and Examples of Conjunctions
There are two kinds of conjunctions: coordinating conjunctions and correlative conjunctions. Coordinating conjunctions can work alone. Correlative conjunctions work in pairs.
The most common coordinating conjunctions are: and, or, but, so, therefore, nor
The most common correlative conjunctions are: not only...but also, if...then, either...or, neither...nor
You may now go back to the section on pronouns or move forward to the section on prepositions. You may also try out exercises at en:English Grammar Worksheet/Conjunctions.