We have learnt that conjunctions are words that join words or sentences together and are also known as joining words. Hitherto we have learnt about conjunctions of reason, purpose, contrast and consequence. We have also learnt about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. In this quiz we learn more about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
Coordinating Conjunctions and Subordinating Conjunctions are two types of conjunctions that help us to connect sentences and clauses. While Coordinating Conjunctions, such as FOR, AND, NOR, BUT, OR, YET and SO, help us to connect two sentences or two main clauses, Subordinating Conjunctions help us to connect a main clause with a subordinate clause. Subordinating Conjunctions such as BEFORE, IF, THAN and WHETHER are among the many subordinating conjunctions in use in the English language.
"We hand over the ticket to the doorman AND go through that door."
"He held it up so THAT everyone could see it."
In these two sentences we see AND being used as a coordinating conjunction and THAT being used as a subordinating conjunction. The more common subordinating conjunctions are 'after, although, as, because, before, if, since, so, than, though, unless, until, when, whenever, where, whereas, wherever,' and 'while'. That's rather a lot of words!
Both types of conjunctions – coordinating and subordinating conjunctions - can be used in the same sentence and sometimes more than once! Take a look at this sentence:
‘Anamika never liked cakes, ALTHOUGH they smelled AND looked delicious.’
Here two conjunctions are used in the same sentence. Let us look at this sentence more closely. You will note that in the sentence the subordinate clause gives some indication as to the relationship between Anamika not liking cakes and the fact that cakes look and smell delicious. The subordinating conjunction links the subordinate clause with the main clause and we get a clearer picture of Anamika’s dislike for cakes.
Conjunctions help us to put our message across in a better manner and highlight if any conditions are present. Take this quiz and familiarise yourself with more conjunctions.