How to identify conjunctions

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The word is probably a conjunction if it is a connector between words, phrases or clauses. Like prepositions, there are only a limited number of conjunctions in English. Common examples are: and, but, or, yet, for, so, because, since, as, when, while, after, before, that, whether, if etc.

There is yet another category of connectors. Examples are: who, whom, which, that, where and whose. These are not exactly conjunctions. In grammars they are called relative pronouns.


Identify the conjunctions in the following sentences.

1. I tried to help him because I liked him.

2. As he was late, we went without him.

3. When I called her, she came at once.

4. If you give respect, you get respect.

5. She was rich, yet she was unhappy.

6. You can have tea or coffee.

7. She worked hard so she passed the test.

8. Unless he apologizes, he will be sacked.


Because, as, when, if, yet, or, so, unless

Sections in this article

Transformation of sentences - I
Transformation of sentences - II
Transformation of a Simple sentence into a compound sentence
Transformation of a compound sentence into a simple sentence
Transformation of a simple sentence into a complex sentence
Transformation of a complex sentence into a simple sentence
Transformation of sentences containing too
Interchange of degrees of comparison
Combining two sentences using and so...that
How to combine two sentences using

See Also

Exclamations exercise
Exclamations: common errors
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2
Common errors with adjectives - part 1
Common errors with adjectives - part 2

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