Grammar For Beginners: All About Conjunctions


Over the next few months, I will be writing a Grammar For Beginners series. I am starting with parts of speech and I will be writing about conjunctions in this post.

What are parts of speech?

Language is made up of different words with different functions. These words are are known as parts of speech.

These categories are:

  1. Nouns
  2. Adjectives
  3. Verbs
  4. Conjunctions
  5. Articles
  6. Pronouns
  7. Adverbs
  8. Prepositions

Today, I will discuss conjunctions.

All About Conjunctions

Conjunctions join words, sentences, phrases, or clauses.

Examples: and, then, but, however, or, even.

Tip: Never begin a sentence with a conjunction in business writing.

Inexperienced writers overuse conjunctions,and they end up with too many thoughts in one sentence. Long sentences do not impress readers. They show a writer’s ignorance and chase readers away.

More examples: and, but, either…or, neither…nor, that, as, after, before, since, when, where, if.

There are three types of conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions. Have a look at their functions in this chart from Dictionary.com

Look out for next week’s post on prepositions.

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by Amanda Patterson

If you enjoyed this post, read:

  1. Grammar For Beginners: All About Adverbs
  2. Grammar For Beginners: All About Verbs
  3. Grammar For Beginners: All About Adjectives
  4. Grammar For Beginners: All About Nouns
  5. How To Structure A Sentence
  6. Abstract Nouns
  7. The Passive Voice Explained
  8. Three Nagging Grammar Questions Answered
  9. 30 Examples To Help You Master Concord