Conjunctions and connectors in English
Coordinating and subordinating words : conjunctions connectors and conjunctive adverbs.
Key points : Connectors - also called conjunctive words - are words that link two similar elements in a sentence.
- The four categories of connector are
- coordinating conjunctions, such as and or or,
- subordinating conjunctions such as if, so that, because or while. and
- correlating conjunctions such as neither... nor
- The fourth group of connectors consists of conjunctive adverbs such as therefore or however
- A small number of conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs can link individual words or phrases; but the majority can only link two clauses.
- A coordinated clause or phrase must follow the clause or phrase to which it is connected.
- A subordinate clause normally follows the main clause, but in some cases may preceed it. See below.