The conjunctions in the English language

The conjunctions in the English languageThis article is about the conjunctions in the English language. It gives the classification of conjunctions according to their structure with examples for each type of conjunctions.

The conjunctions in the English language are formal words that serve to combine the parts of a sentence or sentences themselves.

There are copulative and subordinate conjunctions in English.

The copulative English conjunctions are connecting homogeneous sentences and homogeneous parts of sentences, while the subordinate conjunctions are connecting the auxiliary clauses with the main clause.

The conjunctions in the English language can be classified according to their structure:

1) Simple conjunctions which consist of a single root.

  • And
  • But
  • If

I wake up and have breakfast.

2) Derivative conjunctions which have not just the root but also prefixes and suffixes.

  • Untill
  • Unless

I will not be able to buy a car until he gives me enough money.

3) Complex conjunctions which have two roots.

  • However
  • Therefore

She was not beautiful however happy.

4) Decomposite conjunctions which consist of several words.

  • As soon as
  • In order to

He bought a car in order to make an impression on her.

5) Paired conjunctions.

  • Neigher … nor
  • Eigher … or

She was neigher clever nor beautiful.