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What Are Conjunctions?

Conjunctions are some of the most important little words you can find. Learn the three main jobs they do and review a list of some of the most common conjunctions that we use every day.

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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.

 

Conjunctions can join words together, like in this sentence:

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

 

Conjunctions can also join phrases together, like in this sentence:

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

 

Conjunctions also join parts of sentences together, as shown here:

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, like the ones shown in this chart.

either/or

neither/nor

not only/but also

both/and

whether/or

just as/so

 

Now imagine 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

soaked 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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