Here to return to the previous page
Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Online English Lesson Plans, Lesson Material and Ideas
for Semester 2 Reading Lessons...
To understand how conjunctions are used in stories (and other readings).
conjunction is a joiner, a word that connects (conjoins) parts of a
Coordinating Conjunctions: The simple, little
conjunctions are called coordinating conjunctions. Be careful of the words
then and now - neither is a coordinating conjunction.
These are the
and, but, or, yet,
for, nor, so
When a coordinating
conjunction connects two clauses, it is often (but not always) accompanied
by a comma. When the two independent clauses are short a comma might not me
Beginning a Sentence
with "And" or "But": There
is a belief that it is improper to begin a sentence with And, but this has
been by some authors. And is a useful aid to writers as the narrative
continues. The same is true with the conjunction but.
The conjunction NOR is not extinct, but it is not used nearly as often as
the other conjunctions, so it might feel a bit odd when nor does come up in
conversation or writing.
Example: "That is
neither what I said nor what I meant."
Subordinating Conjunctions: A Subordinating
Conjunction (sometimes called a dependent word or subordinator) comes at the
beginning of a Subordinate (or Dependent) Clause and establishes the
relationship between the dependent clause and the rest of the sentence. It
also turns the clause into something that depends on the rest of the
sentence for its meaning.
as long as
in order that
Conjunctions: Some conjunctions combine with
other words to form what are called correlative conjunctions. They always
travel in pairs, joining various sentence elements that should be treated as
Here is a brief list
of common correlative conjunctions:
both . . . and
not only . . . but also
not . . . but
either . . . or neither . . . nor
whether . . . or
as . . . as