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Correlative Conjunctions

Using Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative Conjunctions     

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Common Core Language Standard 1

English has a set of pair conjunctions used to join words, phrases, and clauses called correlative conjunctions.

Today’s grammar and usage lesson is on correlative conjunctions. I call them paired conjunctions. Remember that a conjunction joins words, phrases, and clauses. A phrase is a group of related words without a noun and connected verb. A clause is a part of a sentence that has a noun and a connected verb.

Now let’s read the grammar and usage lesson and study the examples.

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of conjunctions used in the same sentence.

Examples: both−and; such−that; whether−or; as−as; not−but; neither−nor; no sooner−than; either−or; as many−as; rather−than

The Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative Conjunctions

If used within the same phrase or clause, don’t use a comma to separate the correlative conjunctions. A comma is placed before the second of the paired conjunctions if that conjunction begins a different independent clause. Examples: Either chocolate or vanilla is fine. Both girls like chocolate, and they also like vanilla.

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to grammar and usage lesson.

Practice: Both men, and women were spies. Either they were successful, nor they were not.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Grammar and Usage Practice Answers: Both men and women were spies. Either they were successful, or they were not.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using a pair of correlative conjunctions.


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