In grammar Conjunctions are a part of speech that connects two words, phrases or clauses together.
Types of Conjunctions Coordinate Conjunctions- also known as FANBOYS, can hold together grammatically parallel words or part of a list. It can also join two parallel phrases or keep distinct thoughts from drifting too far apart. F or A nd N or B ut O r Y et S o
Correlative Conjunctions- are similar to coordinate conjunctions but they come in pairs. Either do your work or prepare for a trip to the office. Not only is he handsome but he is also brilliant. Neither the basketball team nor the football team is doing well. Both the cross country team and the swimming team are doing well. Whether you stay or go is your decision.
Subordinate Conjunctions- attach themselves to the beginning of a clause. They can come at the beginning of a sentence or in the middle. The most common subordinating conjunctions in the English language include the following: after, although, as much as, as long as, as soon as, because, before, if, in order that, lest, since, so that, than, that, though, unless, until, when, whenever, where, wherever, whether, and while.
Conjunction Adverbs - first, they link clauses that can stand on their own. Secondly, they act as "transitional expressions," surrounded by commas. accordingly additionally anyway again as a result besides certainly comparatively consequently contrarily conversely finally further furthermore elsewhere equally hence henceforth however just as identically in addition in comparison in contrast in fact incidentally indeed instead likewise meanwhile moreover namely nevertheless next nonetheless notably now otherwise rather similarly so subsequently still that is then thereafter therefore thus undoubtedly uniquely yet
How conjunctions are used How and when to use Conjunction -Coordinate conjunction or the FANBOYS (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So) It used to hold together grammatically parallel words for example (naughty but nice) -Correlative conjunctions (Both…And, Either….or, If…then, neither…nor, and not only…But…Also) This conjunction come in pairs, and is separated by the words they bring into relation. For example (“If you but my stuff, I’m neither bound to give change nor able to demand it”) -Subordinate conjunctions attach themselves to the beginning of a full-blown clause. For example “I hear snap, crackle, and pop” this does not make sense. You will have to add “until” to make sense out of it. “Until I hear snap, crackle, and pop, my tears will not stop.”
When is it better to avoid using a conjunction? Beware over use conjunctions. Example: buts, ors, and for’s. “See the toys,” said Sally. “Horses and cows and pigs! And a funny red duck! I want that funny red duck.” Change to “I want that funny red duck, but not if it comes at too high a price. However, if mom and dad would pay for it, I might change my mind. Yet, if mom and DAD are willing to pay, do you think they might spring for a funny red truck, however different it is from a duck?” Too many subordinate conjunction junction and conjunctive adverbs can make prose more chore than a pleasure.
People using conjunction incorrectly: “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should.” What was needed was the subordinate conjunction as. The tag should have read “Winston tastes good as a cigarette should.” “Like”, like wants to be followed by a good noun. Such as “You can learn this little lesson, like I have.” Change to “ You can absorb this little lesson, as I have.”