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Correlative Conjunctions

Author: Sydney Bauer

This lesson introduces common correlative conjunctions and how they are used.

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Correlative Conjunctions are two-part conjunctions that express an equal grammatical relationship between the coordinated or connected parts of the sentence. Listed below are the most common correlative conjunctions and an example sentence.  Correlative Conjunctions can connect complete sentences (independent clauses), as well as elements within a sentence.  When pairing equal ideas in a sentence, it is important to use the appropriate correlative conjunction and express the equal elements in the same or parallel form. Notice how the elements coordinated (connected) in the above examples appear in the same form ie. They play the same role in the sentence.


  • ·      “Express the excitement” and “express a compliment” are both verbs with an object
  • ·      “my brother” and “my sister” are both nouns
  • ·      “the sky is cloudy” and “the sun is shining” are both complete sentences (independent clauses).

Correlative Conjunctions