A conjunction is a word that joins other words, phrases, or clauses. Correlative conjunctions join words, phases, or clauses of equal rank.
The correlative conjunctions are always in pairs. They are either-or, neither-nor, both-and, not only-but also, and whether-or.
Instructions: Find the correlative conjunctions in these sentences and tell if they are joining words, phrases, or clauses.
1. I like neither the blue one nor the red one.
2. Both the man and his wife wanted not only the television but also the VCR.
3. Whether you like it, or you don’t like it, I am going home.
4. Either you get the work done now, or I will get someone else to do it.
5. Both the letter to the editor and the response to it were gratifying.
–For answers scroll down.
1. neither-nor (words) one and one – The adjectives “the blue” and “the red” don’t change what is joined.
2. both-and (words), man and wife; not only-but also (words) television and VCR – Again the adjectives don’t change the fact that you are joining words (nouns).
3. whether-or (clauses)
4. either-or (clauses)
5. both-and (words) letter and response – Leaving out the modifiers doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence.
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