Conjunctions join words or groups of words together. The most commonly-recognized conjunctions are ‘and’, ‘or’, and ‘but’.
Susan filled out the application and mailed it yesterday.
Miss Johnson can not decide look for a job or join the Peace Corps after she graduates from college.
Harry doesn’t really like broccoli but he eats it anyway because it’s good for his health.
There are three types of conjunctions- Coordinating, Subordinating and Correlative
Coordinating conjunctions are used to connect two independent clauses.
Mr. Larson was very sleepy, but he stayed up to watch the baseball games on TV.
List of coordinating conjunctives
for and nor but or yet so
Subordinating conjunctions are words at the beginning of a dependent clause and are used to connect an independent clause to a dependent clause. The subordinating conjunction may appear at the beginning of a sentence or at the end of a sentence.
After Sarah fninished her homwework, she played games on her computer.
Below is a partial list of subordinating conjunctions.
after although because before since so that
until while when whenever wherever
Correlative conjunctions are coordinating conjunctions paired with other words that work together to join two similar or contrasting thoughts together. The second word of each conjunctive pair is a coordinating conjunction.
The four most common correlative conjunctions are:
both… and not only… but also either… or neither… nor
Money people have goals of obtaining both money and power.
My sister is not only intelligent but also beautiful.
Paul likes neither friuts nor vegetables.
A person who wins a lottery can either get a large lump sum, or smaller yearly sums.
For more information about conjunctions and their use take a look at
An explanation of the three types of conjunctions- coordinating conjunction, subordinating conjunction and coorelative conjunction, with examples of conjunctions– www.understandinggrammar.com