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

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Two-word verbs
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