The topic of Conjunctions is an important part of the basics of English Grammar and forms an essential part of the syllabus of English Language of various competitive and bank exams like- SBI PO, SBI Clerk, SEBI Grade A, SIDBI Grade A, SSC and many others.
What are Conjunctions?
Conjunctions can be defined as words that link other words, phrases, or clauses together in a sentence. And, or, but, so , either, or, etc. are some examples of conjunctions.
Let’s understand with an example-
I work quickly and carefully (the word ‘and’ is connecting two words)
My phone is either on the table or in the drawer. The word ‘either’ ‘or’ are connecting two phrases)
Types of Conjunctions
Coordinating Conjunctions are used to join words, phrases or clauses together.
They are the most commonly used conjunctions.
Apart from this, they are usually placed between the words or group of words and not at the beginning/end.
Some examples of coordinating conjunctions are- and, but, so, or
A Subordinate Conjunction joins a subordinate (dependent) clause to a main clause (independent) clause.
A Subordinate Conjunction can come after or before a main clause.
After, although, as, because, if, once, etc. are examples of Subordinate Conjunctions.
Correlative Conjunctions work together and relate one sentence/clause to another.
They include pairs such as- both/and, either/or, not only/but also, etc.