Outline Notes on Conjunctions
What is a conjunction?
A conjunction is a word used to join words or groups of words.
• Different kinds of conjunctions do different jobs.
• The 2 main types of conjunctions are coordinating conjunctions and correlative conjunctions.
A coordinating conjunction connects words or groups of words used in the same way.
• Coordinating conjunctions connect single words, phrases (combination of words that go together in sentences), and clauses/simple sentences (word combinations containing a subject and predicate).
• Some common coordinating conjunctions are:
and*, but*, or*, nor, for, so and yet.
(*These are the most common!)
1. Meriwether Lewis and John Clark led an expedition to the West.
2. The United States owned the Louisiana Territory but knew little else about it.
3. No one had followed the Missouri or the Columbia rivers to their source.
Correlative conjunctions are pairs of conjunctions that connect words used in the same way.
• Common correlative conjunctions include:
both . . . and
either . . . or
neither . . . nor
not only . . . but also
whether . . . or
Both Lewis and Clark had served in the U.S. Army.
The student council will meet not only on Tuesday but also on Thursday this week.
Write a sentence that uses one of the common sets of correlative conjunctions. 1. both . . . and
2. either . . . or
3. neither . . . nor
4. not only . . . but also
5. whether . . . or
Conjunctions Graphic Organizer
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