Conjunctions

Correct use of some conjunctions – part II

August 27, 2010

Unless Unless means if not and hence there is no need to add another not into the following clause. Incorrect: Unless you do not obey my instructions, you will be dismissed. Correct: Unless you obey my instructions, you will be dismissed. Correct: If you do not obey my instructions, you will be dismissed. Lest Lest […]

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Correct use of some conjunctions

August 26, 2010

As As often confused with like. As is a conjunction. It is followed by a clause. Like is  a preposition. It is followed by a noun or a noun equivalent. He fought like a lion. (NOT He fought as a lion.) He fought as a lion does. (NOT He fought like a lion does.) As […]

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Kinds of co-ordinating conjunctions

August 25, 2010

Cumulative conjunction A cumulative conjunction merely adds one statement to another. Examples are:  and, both…and, as well as, not only…but also Alice cooked the dinner and Peter tidied the house. She is both clever and beautiful. Tom as well as John passed the test. They not only looted the shop but also set it on […]

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Coordinating conjunctions

August 25, 2010

There are two kinds of conjunctions – coordinating and subordinating. Read the following sentences: God made the country and man made the town. I have not seen him since he was a boy. In the first sentence, two independent clauses of equal importance are joined together by and. A conjunction which joins together two clauses […]

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Correlative conjunctions

June 13, 2010

Some conjunctions are used in pairs. They are called correlative conjunctions. Note that most correlative conjunctions are of the coordinating type. Examples are: Either…or Either take it or leave it. You must either obey my instructions or quit. Either you or he will have to do it. Neither…nor I will neither take it nor leave […]

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Subordinating conjunctions

June 13, 2010

A conjunction that joins together clauses of unequal rank or importance is called a subordinating conjunction. Read the following sentence: I told him that he should consult a doctor. Here that joins together two clauses of unequal rank. I told him is the main clause, and that he should consult a doctor is a subordinate […]

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Kinds of conjunctions

June 12, 2010

Conjunctions are divided into two classes: coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. Read the following sentence: Birds fly and fish swim. This sentence contains two independent statements or two statements of equal rank or importance. The conjunction that joins together two clauses of equal rank is called a coordinating conjunction. Notes Coordinating conjunctions generally connect sentence […]

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What are conjunctions?

June 11, 2010

Conjunctions are words like and, but, or, yet, because, since and so. Read the following sentences: God made the country and man made the town. She must cry, or she will die. Two and two make four. In sentence 1 and 2, the conjunctions and and or join two sentences together. In sentence 3, the […]

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