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


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


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


  • 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.