Conjunctions Mini-Lesson

  • Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
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A conjunction is a word that joins together words, phrases, or parts of sentences. The three most-used conjunctions are and, or, and but.

 

Joining words together:

I'd like five peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, please.

 

Joining phrases together:

Do want to go down the hill or up the mountain?

 

Joining parts of sentences together:

I ran, but the ice cream melted before I got home.

 

There are dozens of conjunctions.  Here are some that you use every day:

although

because

if

since

though

unless

when

where

however

therefore

whenever

while

 

Sometimes conjunctions are used in pairs.

either/or

neither/nor

not only/but also

both/and

whether/or

just as/so

 

Suppose you're at a party.  Look around.  Conjunctions came to the party with you.

A couple dancing

boy and girl

A girl coming in from the rain

wet but happy

A waiter offering drinks

soda or punch?

At the dessert table

both cookies and ice cream

The disk jockey offers

either fast or slow music

Dress styles you see

not only plain but also wild

A guard stopping people at the door

neither pets nor monsters allowed

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