Conjunctions are words that join words or a group of words or sentences. The conjunction definition and examples is essential to gain knowledge over parts of speech and English grammar.
There are two types of Conjunctions.
The Coordinate conjunction joins two groups of words that are independent of each other and are equally important in the sentence. For example,
Rice and wheat are sold here.
He is tired but active.
The deadline is over and the task is still incomplete.
Some coordinate conjunctions are: And, therefore, moreover, not only-but also, for, but, however, nevertheless, then, yet, still, notwithstanding, etc…
The subordinate conjunction joins clauses that are dependent on one another, or one is dependent on the other. For example,
Since you want a good job, you have to work hard.
Though she was angry, she did not express it.
Unless you concentrate, you cannot pass the test.
Some examples of subordinate conjunctions are although, though, that, if, unless, since, than, because, as if, whether etc…
Rules on Conjunction definition and examples
- No sooner should be followed by than.
No sooner had we reached the station than the bus left.
- Scarcely should be followed by when.
Scarcely had he arrived when he had to leave again.
- Then is an adverb when it denotes time, but is a conjunction when it denotes consequence.
Then the bus moved (Here, then is a preposition).
No one is perfect. We must not, then, expect them to not make mistakes.
Some more examples:
There is nothing else but nepotism in the industry.
Not only the headmaster but also the teachers were responsible for the downgrading of the school’s ranking.
She is neither truthful nor honest.
They will leave either on Sunday or Monday.
More examples can be found during practice exercises.
Lessons on other parts of speech can be found here
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