You may remember some time back I posted about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. In this post I want to talk about correlative conjunctions.
Correlative conjunctions join words, or work groups, that are of equal importance. They come in pairs. Here’s a list of the most common correlative conjunctions.
- not only . . . but also
- whether . . . or
- both . . . and
- not . . . but
- either . . . or
- as . . . as
- neither . . . nor
And here are some examples:
- You may have either entrée or dessert.
- I want both the black dress and the pink sweater.
- He is neither too fat nor too thin.
I also thought I’d include a reminder about subordinating conjunctions. They indicate either
- cause and effect,
- comparison or contrast,
- purpose, or
- space or time.
Here’s a table showing the most common ones.