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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.

 

 

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Answers:

 

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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