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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.