Conjunctions are words that connect phrases, clauses, or sentences. There are three types of conjunctions: coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, and correlative conjunctions.

1. Coordinating Conjunctions: These conjunctions connect two or more words, phrases, or clauses that are of equal importance in the sentence. The seven coordinating conjunctions are: and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet.


– I went to the party, but I didn’t have a good time. (connects two independent clauses)

– She wants to go to the beach or the mountains for vacation. (connects two noun phrases)

2. Subordinating Conjunctions: These conjunctions connect a dependent clause to an independent clause. The dependent clause cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. Some common subordinating conjunctions include after, although, because, before, if, since, until, when, and while.


– Although it was raining, we still went for a walk. (connects a dependent clause to an independent clause)

– She will come home when she finishes her work. (connects two clauses)

3. Correlative Conjunctions: These conjunctions are used in pairs to connect clauses or phrases that have equal importance in the sentence. Some examples of correlative conjunctions include either/or, neither/nor, both/and, not only/but also.


– Either you come with me or I’ll go alone. (connects two noun phrases)

– Not only did she finish the project, but she also did extra work on it. (connects two independent clauses)