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Technical stuff – part 10: conjunctions

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A slice of strawberry cake.
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A horrible word, but easy to understand.

Conjunctions are another type of word along with, for example, verbs, nouns and adjectives.

Conjunctions are simply linking words (or words used to join other words together). They:

  • make your writing smooth and easy to read; and
  • can help you add to the meaning of what you’ve written.

Classic examples of conjunctions are the words ‘and’ and ‘but’.

For example:

 The cake is sweet and tasty.

Here, the conjunction ‘and’ simply acts as a link word between ‘sweet’ and ‘tasty’. However, in the following example, the conjunction ‘but’ helps to add a second meaning:

The cake is sweet but poisonous.

Conjunctions also include:

  • or
  • yet
  • while
  • although
  • because
  • as
  • for
  • since
  • if

Parts of speech including nouns, verbs and adjectives

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Written by Wordwatch

28/01/2010 at 8:04 am

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  1. Note also how the layers of the cake are conjoined yet independent.

    Michael Farrell

    28/01/2010 at 3:56 pm


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