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Correlative Conjunctions: Two Part Conjunctions
September 30, 1999
Correlative conjunctions have two parts. The most common are the
following: "either . . . or", "neither . . . nor",
"not only . . . but also", and "both . . . and". These
conjunctions can connect either sentences or similar structures (words and
phrases of the same kind). We'll learn one of these tonight.
Examples of one Correlative Conjunction in Action
|Either I will come, or I will call you. (Two sentences
are joined: "I will come. I will call you.") q I will either
come or call you. (Two verbs are joined: "come" and
Note the punctuation rule here: when joining two sentences, use a
comma; when joining similar structures do not.
|He has either lost his watch or misplaced it.|
When using a verb with two auxiliaries "either" is placed
after the first verb. (as above)
|Also, when joining two subjects, if both are singular then use the
singular after "or". Either my roommate or I
am going to go to the party. |
|If both subjects are plural, the verb is plural after
"or". Either my parents or my sisters are
going to visit. |
|If one subject is plural, and one is singular, the verb agrees with
the subject closest to "or". Either my parents or
my sister is going to visit me. |
Write a paragraph about a choice you needed to make. Use "either . .
.or" to join two subjects, to join two sentences, and to join two
verbs with auxiliaries. You can write about choosing a car, a school, a
country, or whatever you like. Read a sample Teacher
Writing on this topic.
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