Correlative Conjunctions

A conjunction joins words or groups of words in a sentence.

  • I ate lunch with Kate and Derma.
  • Because it is rainy today, the trip is canceled.
  • She didn’t press the bell, but I did.

There are three types of conjunctions:

1.Coordinating Conjunctions
a.Connect words, phrases, or clauses that are independent or equal
b.and, but, or, so, for, yet, and not

2.Correlative Conjunctions
a.Used in pairs
b.both/and, either/or, neither/nor, not only/but also

3.Subordinating Conjunctions
a.Used at the beginning of subordinate clauses
b.although, after, before, because, how, if, once, since, so that, until, unless, when, while, where, whether, etc.

Correlative Conjunctions

1.Both/and

  • She won gold medals from both the single and group races.
  • Both TV and television are correct words.

2.Either/or

  • I am fine with either Monday or Wednesday.
  • You can have either apples or pears.

3.Neither/nor

  • He enjoys neither drinking nor gambling.
  • Neither you nor I will get off early today.

4.Not only/but also

  • Not only red but also green looks good on you.
  • She got the perfect score in not only English but also math.