When I was growing up there was a program on TV called Schoolhouse Rock. It was a show designed to teach kids how to properly use the English language with nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc. Without even knowing it, we were learning while being entertained.
In this post, I’m travelling back down memory lane to that old schoolhouse to talk about CONJUNCTIONS.
What is a conjunction? A conjunction is a part of speech that is used to connect words, phrases, clauses, or sentences. Conjunctions are considered to be invariable grammar particle, and they may or may not stand between items they conjoin.
There are only a few common conjunctions, but these words perform many functions: They present explanations, ideas, exceptions, consequences, and contrasts. Here is a list of conjunctions commonly used in standard English:
- Just as
- Not only
- I tried to hit the nail but hit my thumb instead.
- I have two goldfish and a cat.
- I’d like a bike for commuting to work.
- You can have peach ice cream or a brownie sundae.
- Neither the black dress nor the gray one looks right on me.
- My dad always worked hard so we could afford the things we wanted.
- I try very hard in school yet I am not receiving good grades.
There are a few important rules for using conjunctions. Remember them and you will find that your writing flows better:
- Conjunctions are for connecting thoughts, actions, and ideas as well as nouns, clauses, and other parts of speech. For example: Jennifer went to the grocery store and bought some fruit.
- Conjunctions are useful for making lists. For example: We made pancakes, eggs, and sausage for breakfast
Now, enjoy one of my favorite songs from SchoolHouseRock