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What are some English conjunctions?

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Examples of conjunctions in English include "so," "but," "because," "since," and "neither....nor." A conjunction is a part of speech that connect other words, clauses or phrases. The three types of conjunctions in English are coordinating, subordinating and correlative.

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Coordinating conjunctions connect words, clauses or phrases in a sentence that have equal importance and emphasis. English only has seven coordinating conjunctions: "for," "and," "not," "but," "or," "so," and "yet."

Subordinating conjunctions link words, clauses and phrases that do not have equal rank within a sentence, unlike coordinating conjunctions. Subordinating conjunctions connect dependent clauses to independent clauses. There are numerous examples of subordinating conjunctions in the English language, including "after," "by the time," "even though" and "provided that."

Correlative conjunctions are a part of speech that have the same basic function as coordinating conjunctions, except that they come in pairs. In English, the correlative conjunctions are: "both...and," "either...or," "neither...nor," "not only...but also" and "whether...or."

Polysyndetons are sentences that contain numerous coordinate conjunctions. Generally, they are used by writers for their strong dramatic effect. Asyndetons are a type of sentence in which the writer has purposefully decided not used conjunctions because it shortens the sentence, has a strong impact on the reader or helps with memory recall.

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