Daily Grammar

Lesson 83

Parts of Speech - Conjunctions

A conjunction is a word that joins other words, phrases, or clauses. Correlative conjunctions join words, phases, or clauses of equal rank.

The correlative conjunctions are always in pairs. They are either-or, neither-nor, both-and, not only-but also, and whether-or.

Instructions: Find the correlative conjunctions in these sentences and tell if they are joining words, phrases, or clauses.

1. I like neither the blue one nor the red one.

I like neither the blue one nor the red one.
 - The adjectives "the blue" and "the red" don't change the words that are joined.

2. Both the man and his wife wanted not only the television but also the VCR.

Both the man and his wife wanted not only the television but also the VCR.
 - The adjectives don't change the fact that you are joining words (nouns).

3. Whether you like it, or you don't like it, I am going home.

Whetherclauses you like it, orclauses  you don't like it,  
I am going home.

4. Either you get the work done now, or I will get someone else to do it.

Eitherclauses you get the work done now, orclauses  I  
will get  
someone else to do it
.

5. Both the letter to the editor and the response to it were gratifying.

Bothwords the letter to the editor andwords  the  
response to it were  
gratifying.
 
 
 
 - Leaving out the modifiers doesn't change the meaning of the sentence.

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