Conjunction junction what's your function? Conjunctions are: and (additive, this AND that), but (the opposite of and, not this BUT that), and or (when you have a choice, like this OR that). Conjunctions hook up words, phrases and clauses to make them work right.
Pretty easy, right? Let's look at subordinate conjunctions and coordinate conjunctions.
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A subordinate conjunction is a word or phrase that begins a dependent clause. Examples of subordinate conjunctions are the following: since, because, when, if, after, although, until, etc.
I don't function as well as I normally do when I get tired.
Explanation: The subordinate conjunction is "when," and it begins the dependent clause "when I get tired."
We can't buy groceries since he left his money at home.
Explanation: The subordinate conjunction is "since," and it begins the dependent clause "since he left his money at home."
A coordinate conjunction is a word or phrase that connects two clauses. There are only 7 coordinate conjunctions: and, but, or, nor, so, for, yet.
They went to the theater, and we went with them.
Explanation: The coordinate conjunction is "and," and it connects the two independent clauses.
They wanted to go boating in the lake, but the weather was uncooperative.
Explanation: The coordinate conjunction is "but," and it connects the two independent clauses.