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What are conjunctions?
According to John Seely in his book Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, conjunctions are “a class of words that are used to join together words, phrases, or clauses”.
The two groups of conjunctions, which are coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.
Examples of coordinating conjunctions:
Examples of subordinating conjunctions:
The difference between the two is simple, coordinating conjunctions join two phrases or clauses with the same grammatical status, whereas subordinating conjunctions are made up of two different phrases that are not linked and haven’t got the same status.
Some examples for you to work out:
(1) My father tripped over because someone left their shoes in the middle of the floor
(2) Roses are red and violets are blue
(3) I haven’t had anything to eat since the day before yesterday
(4) Freddie has got spots but I haven’t got spots
Answers at the end of this blog.
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John Seely The Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, USA
Answers: (1) and (3) are subordinating conjunctions and (2) and (4) are coordinating conjunctions. Well done if you got them right.