conjunction (noun): a part-of-speech that joins together words, phrases and clauses
A conjunction is one of the 9 parts of speech.
A conjunction is a word that connects two parts of a sentence. The very common word and is a conjunction. Look at how it joins these words, phrases and clauses:
- bread and butter (joins two words)
- up the stairs and along the corridor (joins two phrases)
- Ram likes tea and Anthony likes coffee (joins two clauses)
Here are some other common conjunctions:
- and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so
- although, because, since, unless
And here are some more example sentences:
- Jack and Jill went up the hill.
- The water was warm, but I didn’t go swimming.
- I went swimming although it was cold.
There is no special form for conjunctions. Many are short, simple words (but, for, since); and others are two or three words (so that, in order that, as long as).
The number of conjunctions in a text is one of the factors used in assessing its complexity.