Types of Conjunction.

“Conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses or sentences.”

e.g. and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so, although, because, since, unless, when, while, where etc.

There are three types of conjunctions

Coordinating Conjunction

Subordinate Conjunction

Correlative Conjunction



“Coordinating conjunctions (called coordinators) join words, phrases (which are similar in importance and grammatical structure) or independent clauses.”

Coordinating conjunctions are short words

i.e. and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet.

Coordination conjunction joins two equal parts of a sentence

Word + word

Phrase + phrase

Clause + clause

Independent clause + independent clause.


Word + word

She likes tea and coffee.

Phrase + phrase

He may be in the room or on the roof.

Clauses + clause

What you eat and what you drink affect your health.

Independent clause + independent clause

The cat jumped over the mouse and the mouse ran away.

In the following examples

“coordinating conjunctions join two words of same importance.”

She likes pizza and cake. (pizza and cake)

I bought a table and a chair. (table and chair)

He may come by bus or car. (bus or car)

In the following examples, conjunction joins two independent clauses.

“Independent clause is a clause which can stand alone as a sentence and have complete thought on its own.”

I called him but he didn’t pick up the phone.

I advised him to quit smoking, but he didn’t act upon my advice.

He became ill, so he thought he should go to a doctor.

He shouted for help, but no body helped her.

He wants to become a doctor, so he is studying Biology.


“Coordinating conjunctions always come between the words or clauses that they join. A comma is used with conjunction if the clauses are long or not well balanced.”

Note that:

“If both clauses have same subjects, the subject of 2nd clause may not be written again.”

See the following examples:

She worked hard and succeeded.

The player stopped and kicked the ball.

He became ill but didn’t go to doctor.

Marry opened the book and started to study.

Subordinating Conjunctions.

Subordinating conjunctions (called subordinators) join subordinate clause (dependent clause) to main clause. e.g. although, because, if, before, how, once, since, till, until, when, where, whether, while, after, no matter how, provided that, as soon as, even if,



“Subordinate clause is combination of words (subject and verb) which cannot stand alone as a complete sentence.”

“Subordinate clause is also called dependent clause because it is dependent on main clause. Subordinate clause usually starts with relative pronoun (which, who, that, whom etc).”

“Subordinate clause gives more information in relation to main clause to complete the thought. Subordinating conjunction joins subordinate clause to main clause.”

“Subordinating conjunction always come before the subordinate clause, no matter the subordinate clause is before main clause or after the main clause.” Examples.

He does not go to school because he is ill.

I will call you after I reach my home.

I bought some cookies while I was coming from my office.

They played football although it was raining.

Although it was raining, they played foot ball.

As far as I know, this exam is very difficult.

I have gone to every concert since I have lived in New York.

You can get high grades in exam provided that you work hard for it.

Correlative Conjunction.

“These are paired conjunctions which join words, phrases or clauses which have reciprocal or complementary relationship.”

The most commonly used correlative conjunctions are as follows

Either ____or

Neither ____ nor

Whether_______ or

Both _______and

Not only______ but also


Neither John nor Marry passed the exam.

Give me either a cup or a glass.

Both red and yellow are attractive colours.

I like neither tea nor coffee.

He will be either in the room or in the hall.

John can speak not only English but also French.