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Common Grammar Mistakes Part 4

Common Grammatical Mistakes
Part 4 of 5
Conjunctions

Springtime Greetings, blog readers. For part 4 of our 5 part series, we are going to explore some conjunctions. Conjunctions are words that connect two related thoughts into one sentence by linking phrases, words and clauses. There are three types of conjunctions and we will explore each type.

Coordinating: These conjunctions tend to be small words that connect words to words or sentences to sentences. The easiest way to remember these conjunctions is to remember the acronym FANBOYS.

For
And
Nor
But
Or
Yet
So

Example: We went to the zoo and the movies.
The movie was good, but the zoo was better
Do you want to go to the zoo or the park?

Correlative: These are two conjunctions that are always used together in a sentence.
Neither…nor
Either…or
Both…and
Not only…but also

Both my dog and my cat are sleeping.
Either they went to the movie or went to the zoo.
Neither the tigers nor the bears were out today.
Not only did they eat popcorn but also ate some candy.

Subordinating: “Subordinating conjunctions, (subordinators) are most important in creating subordinating clauses. These adverbs that act like conjunctions are placed at the front of the clause. The adverbial clause can come either before or after the main clause. Subordinators are usually a single word, but there are also a number of multi-word subordinators that function like a single subordinating conjunction. They can be classified according to their use in regard to time, cause and effect, opposition, or condition”
Source: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/bryson.htm#INTRODUCTION

Since there are too many of these to list, I recommend that you check out the source website to gain a better understanding of these conjunctions.

A list of common conjunctions:
after
albeit
although
and
as
because
before

but
how
if
once
since
than
that
though
till
until
when
where
whether
while

Source
-http://wiki.answers.com/Q/A_list_of_conjuctions

Sources:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/A_list_of_conjuctions
http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/bryson.htm#INTRODUCTION

 

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