Business Writing Tip #57—More Conjunctions

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,
  • concession,
  • condition,
  • comparison or contrast,
  • purpose, or
  • space or time.

Here’s a table showing the most common ones.

subordinating conjunctions

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