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Parts of Speech
Chapter 8  - Conjunctions

A conjunction is a word that connects other words or groups of words.  In the sentence Bob and Dan are friends the conjunction and connects two nouns and in the sentence  He will drive or fly,  the conjunction or connects two verbs.  In the sentence It is early but we can go, the conjunction but connects two groups of words.

Coordinating conjunctions are conjunctions which connect two equal parts of a sentence.  The most common ones are and, or, but, and so which are used in the following ways:

and is used to join or add words together in the sentence They ate and drank.
or is used to show choice or possibilities as in the sentence He will be here on Monday or Tuesday.
but is used to show opposite or conflicting ideas as in the sentence She is small but strong.
so is used to show result as in the sentence I was tired so I went to sleep.

Subordinating conjunctions connect two parts of a sentence that are not equal and will be discussed more in another class.  For now, you should know some of the more common subordinating conjunctions such as:

    after                before                unless
    although          if                        until
    as                   since                   when
    because          than                    while

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of conjunctions that work together.  In the sentence Both Jan and Meg are good swimmers, both . . .and are correlative conjunctions.  The most common correlative conjunctions are:

    both . . .and
    either . . . or
    neither . . . nor
    not only . . . but also

Review this lesson as many times as you want, and when you are ready, take the pop quiz on this chapter.

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Pop Quiz for Chapter 8

CLICK THE CORRECT ANSWER:

1)  Which conjunction is used to connect two equal parts of a sentence?

either until but since after


2)   Which conjunction is used to connect two unequal parts of a sentence?
so or but if and



3)  Which conjunction is used with the correlative neither?
and nor but so or



4)  Which conjunction fits best in the sentence: I am hungry xxx I don't want to eat.
but so after before or



5) Which conjunction fits best in the sentence: He will eat xxx he gets home.
or because when and since

6)  Which conjunction fits best in the sentence: Do you want pizza xxx a hamburger?

than so while as or
 

7)  Which conjunction fits best in the sentence: I would tell you xxx I knew.
and unless if or so

8)  Which conjunction fits best in the sentence: Come xxx get it.

butexplain and when so 
 

9)  Which conjunction fits best in the sentence: He ate xxx he was hungry.
if so or although because

10)  How many conjunctions are in the sentence: After Ben and Sid come, we can leave.



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