Correlative conjunctions

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Some conjunctions are used in pairs. They are called correlative conjunctions. Most of these are of the coordinating type.

Either -- or

We use either--or to talk about a choice between two possibilities (and sometimes more than two).

Neither -- nor

We use neither -- nor to join two negative ideas. It is the opposite of both--and. Sometimes more than two ideas are connected by neither--nor.

Not only--but also

Also is often omitted.

Note that in informal English not only--but also is not very common; other structures are generally preferred.

Not--but
Whether--or
Both--and
As/so--as
So -- that
Such--that
Such--as

Note that it is wrong to use that instead of as in these sentences.

Sections in this article

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