Kinds of coordinating conjunctions

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Conjunctions expressing addition

Some conjunctions merely add one statement to another.

Examples are:
And
Both -- and
As well as
Not only -- but also

Conjunctions which merely add one statement to another are called cumulative or copulative conjunctions.

Conjunctions expressing opposition or contrast

Some conjunctions express opposition or contrast between two statements.

Examples are:
But
Still, yet
Whereas, while
Although, despite the fact that
However, nevertheless
Though

Conjunctions which express opposition or contrast between two statements are called adversative conjunctions.

Conjunctions expressing alternative

Some conjunctions present two alternatives sometimes indicating a choice between them.

Examples are:
Or
Either -- or
Neither -- nor
Neither, nor
Otherwise, else

Conjunctions which present two alternatives, sometimes indicating a choice between them, are called disjunctive or alternative conjunctions.

Conjunctions expressing inference

Some conjunctions express something inferred from another statement or fact.

Example: For

Conjunctions which express an inference are called illative conjunctions.

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Conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions
Subordinating Conjunctions
Kinds of coordinating conjunctions
Correlative conjunctions
Correct use of some conjunctions
COmmon errors with Conjunctions
Conjunctions and relative pronouns