conjunction


conjunction
conjunction
A conjunction is a word such as and, because, but, for, if, or, and when which is used to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences. Coordinating conjunctions join like with like: The room is large and bright / She would have to go back and look for it / You can come in but you cannot stay long / Would you like tea or coffee?. Subordinating conjunctions join a subordinate clause to a main clause: I shan't go if you won't come with me / As we're early let's have a drink / I was late because I missed the train. Pairs of conjunctions such as either…or…and neither…nor…are called correlative conjunctions: He must be either drunk or mad / I neither know nor care. Some conjunctions are much more common in BrE than in AmE; these are whilst

• (I would like to thank many friends and colleagues for their encouragement whilst I was writing this book —R. Jackson, 1981)

now

• (Now the tourist season's starting it's better to have someone there, like a caretaker —Iris Murdoch, 1980)

and nor

• (Nobody in the dying Constituent Assembly believed it, and nor did the royal family —W. Doyle, 2003)

and but nor

• (I don't need any cosseting but nor am I too independent —Saga Magazine, 2004.

The more important conjunctions are treated in separate articles: see and, because, but, for, etc.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Conjunction — Con*junc tion, n. [L. conjunctio: cf. F. conjunction. See {Conjoin}.] 1. The act of conjoining, or the state of being conjoined, united, or associated; union; association; league. [1913 Webster] He will unite the white rose and the red: Smille… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conjunction — can refer to: Conjunction (astronomy and astrology), an astronomical phenomenon Astrological aspect, an aspect in horoscopic astrology Conjunction (grammar), a part of speech Conjunctive mood (grammar), same as subjunctive mood Logical… …   Wikipedia

  • conjunction — ► NOUN 1) a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause (e.g. and, if). 2) an instance of two or more events occurring at the same point in time or space. 3) Astronomy & Astrology an alignment of two… …   English terms dictionary

  • conjunction — [kən juŋk′shən] n. [ME conjunccion < OFr conjunction < L conjunctio < pp. of conjungere: see CONJOIN] 1. a joining together or being joined together; union; association; combination 2. an occurring together; coincidence [the conjunction… …   English World dictionary

  • Conjunction — (v. lat.), 1) Verbindung; 2) (Bindewort, Gramm.), inflexibiler Redetheil, welcher Verhältnisse bezeichnet, in welchen Sätze einer Rede zu einander stehen. Sie werden in Rücksicht auf diese Verhältnisse eingetheilt in a) beiordnende, u. diese sind …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Conjunction [1] — Conjunction, Verbindung; in der Grammatik die Bindewörter, weil sie 2 Begriffe oder Sätze mit einander verbinden. Man unterscheidet verknüpfende, trennende, entgegensetzende, schliessende, begründende, folgernde, bedingende und einräumende.… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Conjunction [2] — Conjunction oder Zusammenkunft nennt die Astronomie eine der 5 Hauptstellungen der Planeten, der Sonne u. des Mondes gegen einander (s. Aspecten). Zwei Gestirne sind in C., wenn beide gleiche Länge haben, so Mond u. Sonne zur Zeit des Neumonds.… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • conjunction — I noun adjacency, agreement, alliance, association, compliance, concatenation, concert, concomitance, concord, concurrence, concurrent opinion, conformity, conjoining, connection, cooperation, harmony, joint effort, junction, network, union,… …   Law dictionary

  • conjunction — late 14c., originally of planets, from O.Fr. conjonction union, joining, sexual intercourse (12c.), from L. conjunctionem (nom. conjunctio), from pp. stem of conjugare join together (see CONJUGAL (Cf. conjugal)). Cf. It. congiunzione, Sp.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conjunction — [n] combination affiliation, agreement, alliance, association, cahoots, coincidence, concomitance, concurrence, congruency, conjointment, hookup*, juxtaposition, parallelism, partnership, tie up*, union; concepts 388,714 Ant. detachment,… …   New thesaurus


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