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English is an important language for all kinds of professional and personal goals. Whether you’re just starting out in English, or you need some motivation to keep going, understanding the importance of the language will help you reach fluency and change your life.

 

One of the most important functions of joining different sentences is a conjunction. It acts as a linking word to join sentences that could co-exist separately.

When writing sentences in English, there are words that can be used to join sentences together. These are called conjunctions. There are different types of conjunctions that have different jobs.

Different Kinds of Conjunction

Coordinating conjunctions – for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so

These go in the middle of two sentences to join them together. We take out the full stop and insert a coordinating conjunction.

                For example; We needed somewhere quiet to concentrate. We went to the library.

                                                We needed somewhere quiet to concentrate so we went to the library.

 

Subordinating conjunctions – because, since, as, although, though, while, whereas, however.

These conjunctions join sentences that have a relationship with the other. They can also show a cause and effect between two sentences.

                For example; I was very tired. I couldn’t sleep.

                                                I was very tired although I couldn’t sleep.

 

There are many subordinate conjunctions that you can use in writing, we have only used the most common ones. See the picture below for more.

 

In academic writing, we try not to use a conjunction at the beginning of a sentence, as the writing loses its impact. Instead we use them to connect clauses and ideas, like the examples above.

 

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