English Grammar/Basic Parts of Speech/Conjunctions
A conjunction is a word or words used to show the relationship between one notion and another notion. There are two main types of conjunction: the coordinative conjunction, which joins phrases of equal importance and rank, and the subordinative conjunction, which joins a phrase with another phrase that is dependent on it.
A coordinative conjunction joins two sentences together that do not rely on each other for meaning. We can split the co-ordinative conjunctions into four smaller groups: the cumulative, the alternative, the adversative, and the illative.
A cumulative conjunction is used to add one thought to another. Examples of cumulative conjunctions include
- not only
- but also
- as well as takes singular verb
Used to indicate a choice between one notion and another. For example:
Used to contrast one notion and another.
These show that one notion is implied, inferred or proved by another. It is used to express an inference in a sentence.
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Subordinating conjunctions express relationships of time, manner, cause or reason, comparison, condition, or purpose. They are used to introduce subordinate clauses that are not complete. They are used to join a clause to another in order to get full meaning E.g: as,as long as, as soon as, before,because, provided that in order that,once ,as though, since etc..