The 3 types of conjunctions with examples

A conjunction is a word that joins words, phrases, clauses, or sentences together. Conjunctions are usually used to connect words and phrases of the same part of speech. In this post, you will learn the three types of conjunctions in English with examples and sentences.

There are three types of conjunctions: coordinating, correlative, and subordinating.

1. Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two sentences or parts of a sentence that have the same grammatical subject and verb.

2. Correlative conjunctions are used to join two sentences that have parallel structures and grammatical subjects.

3. Subordinating conjunctions introduce a subordinate clause that is dependent on the independent clause for its meaning.

Coordinating conjunctions

For – I told her to leave, for I was very tired.

And – I’ll grab a meat pie and a cappuccino.

But – I will come to school tomorrow, but I will leave early.

So – There weren’t enough beds, so I had to sleep on the floor

Or – Which colour do you prefer – black or white?

Nor – “He doesn’t eat a healthy diet, nor does he exercise”

yet – It felt strange and yet so wonderful to ski in the summer!

Correlative conjunctions

both/and – I liked both the movie and the play.

either/or = I want either the cheesecake or the chocolate cake.

neither/nor = Oh, you want neither the cheesecake nor the chocolate cake? No problem.

not only/but also– I liked not only the movie but also the play.

whether/or – I didn’t know whether you’d want the cheesecake or the chocolate cake, so I got both.

not/ but – I see you’re in the mood not for desserts but appetizers. I’ll help you with those, too.

as/as – Bowling isn’t as fun as skeet shooting.

such/that – Such was the nature of their volatile relationship that they never would have made it even if they’d wanted to.

scarcely/when – I had scarcely walked in the door when I got an urgent call and had to run right back out again.

as many/as – There are as many curtains as there are windows.

no sooner/than – I’d no sooner lie to you than strangle a puppy.

rather/than – She’d rather play the drums than sing.

Subordinating conjunctions

After – She did voluntary work in a hospital after she graduated.

Although – Everyone enjoyed the trip to the final although we lost the match!

As – I went to bed at 9 o’clock last night as I had a plane to catch at 6 am.

As if – You appear as if you hadn’t slept last night.

As long as or so long as- I’ll remember that film as long as I live.

As much as – I’ll help you as much as I can.

As soon as – I’ll call you as soon as I finish work.

As though – He looks as though/as if he hasn’t slept.

Because – I won’t be able to go to work tomorrow because I have an appointment.

Before – She gave everyone a present before she left.

By the time – We will have finished the test by the time you arrive.

Even if – Even if you take a taxi, you will still miss your plane.

Even though – I wanted to go out last night, even though it was raining. 

If – If we miss the last bus, we’ll have to walk home.

in order that – I will leave the party early in order that I will catch the bus. 

In case – In case I forget later, here are the keys to the garage.

In the event that – I will take an umbrella in the event that it snows

Lest – I was afraid to open the door lest he should follow me. 

Now that – Now that we’re all here, let’s start the lesson.

Once – The manager is a nice man once you get to know him.

Only – We both live in the same city only I live closer to the sea.

Only if – You’ll lose weight only if you stick to your diet.

Provided that – He’s welcome to come along, provided that he behaves himself. 

Since – He has had two jobs since he graduated.

So – I got here late. It was a long flight, so I’m really tired now.

Supposing – Supposing(that) you are wrong, what will you do then?

That – I didn’t know that she was married

Than – We shouldn’t spend more than we earn. 

Though – Though I do not usually drink coffee, I have had 2 cups today.”

Till – Ahmed lived with his parents till he was twenty-eight.

Unless – You won’t get paid for time off unless you have a doctor’s certificate.

Until – Let’s wait here until the rain stops

When – When he saw me, he waved.

Whenever – You may leave whenever you wish.

Where – Put the picture where I can see it. 

Whereas – He loves fishing on a kayak, whereas his wife prefers to stay at home.

Wherever – Lionel Messi is followed by press photographers wherever he goes.

Whether or not – Whether you like it or not, you will have to work on this project.

While – Can you wait in the car while I run into the shop?

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