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The correlative conjuntions

The correlative conjuntions

By: Jennifer Ospina

Correlative Conjuntions.The part of the speech which is used in connecting words, clauses, sentences or phrases is commonly termed as conjunctions. Correlative Conjunctions are those that are in the form of pair of words, they correlate to join phrases or words that carry equal importance within a sentence.

For example:Every night,eitherloud musicorfighting neighbors wake John from his sleep.

What are Correlative Conjunctions?

Conjunctions are mainly of three types: coordinating, subordinating and correlative. The correlative conjunctions are the ones that are working in pairs for joining words or groups that carry same weight in a sentence in order to link equivalent elements in a sentence. They help indicate the relationship between elements they connect in a sentence.

Example:either/or, whether/ or etc.

Basic rules for correlative comuntions.

Basic Rules for Correlative ConjunctionsWhenever we use correlative conjunctions in a sentence if a noun is followed by one part of the correlative conjunction say either then a noun in the same sentence will also be followed by another part of the sentence, say or.

For example:

Either you complete your work or you would not be given your incentives.

Another examples:Everyday either her mother or the alarm of the clock wakes her up for school.

Everyday either the alarm of the clock or her mother wakes her up for school.

Basic Rules for Correlative ConjunctionsWhenever we are connecting two antecedents by making use of a correlative conjunction then the second one should always agree with the pronoun that will follow.

For example:

Neither Sophie nor her cousins are preparing well for the family get together.

Another examples:

Sam grilled chicken for not only Tiffany but also for Doodle, her pet.

List of Correlative Conjunctions.

1. Either/or:This conjunction is commonly used to convey a choice or possibilities. We can use or separately as well but that would not convey choice however an option.

Example:I want either the cheesecake or the frozen hot chocolate.Either Samuel or Chris must have done this mischief.

2. Neither/nor:

This conjunction is used to negate two different choices. Neither is used with nor to indicate two or more people, things, actions, etc. wherein something is not true.

Example:Jim is neither particularly stupid nor extremely smart.Neither Batman, nor Superman can save Gotham.

3. Not only/but also:

This conjunction is used to combine sentences that are demonstrating two choices that are contradictorily typical. It is used to say that both of two related statements or sentences are true.

Example:His new car is not only super fast but also very luxurious.It snowed not only in Seattle, but also in neighboring citiesMatt lied not once but twice to the judge.

4. Just as/so: This conjunction is used for explaining a relation or similarity between two subjects. It is used to say that both of two related statements are true.

Example:Just as my mom loves cooking, so do I.Just as the Brazilians love soccer, so the Indians love cricket.

5. Whether/or:This conjunction is used to show two different options within a sentence and can be used both the manners of confirmation and negation.

Example:"Whether you like her or not isn't the problem," I said.Andrew wasnt sure whether to go on holiday or stay at home.

6. Both/and :It is used for combining two elements words or phrases of exactly same importance in a sentence.

Example:Both Maria and Jack are going to the library.Adrian enjoyed both the movie and the popcorn


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