A conjunction is a joiner, a word that connects (conjoins) parts of a sentence. The simple, little conjunctions are called coordinating conjunctions (you can click on the words to see specific descriptions of each one): (It may help you remember these conjunctions by recalling that they all have fewer than four letters. It also turns the clause into something that depends on the rest of the sentence for its meaning. Notice that some of the subordinating conjunctions in the table below After, before, since In addition ( yet another cause of trouble or a simple yet noble woman ), even ( yet more expensive ), still ( he is yet a novice ), eventually ( they may yet win ), and so soon as now ( he's not here yet ). Be careful of the words then and now; They're joiners and they just can't help themselves. Joining wordsA fun activity to help children at KS1 learn about joining words. In order to see this content you need to have both enabled and installed. Some people regard the conjunction for as rather highfalutin and literary, and it does tend to add a bit of weightiness to the text. Its function is to introduce the reason for the preceding clause: Be careful of the conjunction SO.
They always travel in pairs, joining various sentence elements that should be treated as grammatically equal. The conjunctive adverbs such as however, moreover, nevertheless, consequently, as a result are used to create complex relationships between ideas. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. F or- A nd- N or- B ut- O r- Y et- S o. For instance, in this sentence, Generally, the only question about than arises when we have to decide whether the word is being used as a conjunction or as a preposition. It might be helpful to explore the uses of these three little words. Sometimes it can connect two independent clauses along with a comma, but sometimes it can't. Also, remember the acronym FANBOYS: If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the BBC website. The examples below by no means exhaust the possible meanings of these conjunctions. The conjunction NOR is not extinct, but it is not used nearly as often as the other conjunctions, so it might feel a bit odd when nor does come up in conversation or writing.