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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Conjunctions

 
 

Examples of common conjunctions and their uses

Conjunction

Function

Example

and

adds more information

Stephan runs every day, and he swims.

or

shows choice
(positive sentence)

Julie runs every day, or she swims.

nor

shows choice
(negative sentence)

Billie does not run every day, nor does he swim.

but / yet

shows opposite information

Jacob does not run every day, but he does swim.

because / for

shows reason

Candice runs every day because she wants to lose weight.

so

shows result

Candice wants to lose weight, so she runs every day.

before

shows time order (second action)

Before Candice runs, she swims.

when

shows time order (first action, next action happens soon after)

Candice goes swimming when she finishes running.

after

shows time order (first action)

Candice swims after she runs.

while

shows time order (same time)

While Andrea runs, Candice swims.

as soon as

shows time order (first action, next action happens immediately after)

As soon as she finishes running, Andrea takes a shower.