A conjunction is a word or words used to show the relationship between one notion and another notion. There are two main types of conjunction: the coordinative conjunction, which joins phrases of equal importance and rank, and the subordinative conjunction, which joins a phrase with another phrase that is dependant on it.
A coordinative conjunction joins two sentences together that do not rely on each other for meaning. We can split the co-ordinative conjunctions into four smaller groups: the cumulative, the alternative, the adversative, and the illative.
A cumulative conjunction is used to add one thought to another. Examples of cumulative conjunctions include
- not only
- but also
- as well as takes singular verb
Used to indicate a choice between one notion and another. For example:
Used to contrast one notion and another.
These show that one notion is implied, inferred or proved by another.
Subordinating conjunctions express relationships of time, manner, cause or reason, comparison, condition, or purpose. They are used to introduce subordinate clauses that are not complete