A conjunction is a part of speech that is used to connect words, phrases, clauses, or sentences.
Conjunctions ListThere are only a few common conjunctions, yet these words perform many functions: They present explanations, ideas, exceptions, consequences, and contrasts. Here is a list of conjunctions commonly used in American English:
And, as, because, but, for, just as, or, neither, nor, not only, so, whether, yet
Examples of ConjunctionsIn the following examples, the conjunctions are in bold for easy recognition:
• I tried to hit the nail but hit my thumb instead.
• I have two goldfish and a cat.
• I’d like a bike for commuting to work.
• You can have peach ice cream or a brownie sundae.
• Neither the black dress nor the gray one looks right on me.
• My dad always worked hard so we could afford the things we wanted.
• I try very hard in school yet I am not receiving good grade.