Conjunctions are joining words.
They join words, phrases and sentences.
There are two main kinds of conjunctions:
(a) Those which join parts of a sentence which are of equal importance.
They are also called co-ordinating conjunctions:
- Tom and I attended the party.
- Neither Ali nor Omar knew the answer.
- Either Uncle Onyango or Aunt Awino will come.
- She could talk but could not walk.
- Both the driver and the turnboy were injured in the accident.
(b) Those which join main clauses to subordinate clauses.
They are often called subordinating conjunctions:
- After my final exams, I want to visit a national park.
- I had to begin writing all over again when I lost my exercise book.
- If we finish our homework on time, mother will let us watch our favourite show.
- Though the exams were very hard, Peter believed that he would excel.
- We will go out and play whether or not it will rain.
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