conjunction  (noun): a part-of-speech that joins together words, phrases and clauses

A  conjunction  is one of the 9 parts of speech.

A conjunction is a word that connects two parts of a sentence. The very common word and is a conjunction. Look at how it joins these words, phrases and clauses:

  • bread¬†and ¬†butter (joins two words)
  • up the stairs¬†and ¬†along the corridor (joins two phrases)
  • Ram likes tea¬†and ¬†Anthony likes coffee (joins two clauses)

Here are some other common conjunctions:

  • and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so
  • although, because, since, unless

And here are some more example sentences:

  • Jack¬†and ¬†Jill went up the hill.
  • The water was warm,¬†but ¬†I didn't go swimming.
  • I went swimming¬†although ¬†it was cold.

Conjunction Form
There is no special form for conjunctions. Many are short, simple words (but, for, since); and others are two or three words (so that, in order that, as long as).

The number of conjunctions in a text is one of the factors used in assessing its complexity.

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