Correlative Conjunctions

November 20th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Conjunctions which are always used in pairs are called correlative conjunctions. Note that most correlative conjunctions are of the coordinating type.

Examples are: either…or, neither…nor, not only…but also…, not…but, though…yet, both…and, so…that etc.

Subordinating Conjunctions

November 19th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

A subordinating conjunction joins a subordinate clause and a main (principal) clause. The subordinate clause can be a noun clause or an adverb clause. Note that a subordinating conjunction is not used to connect an adjective clause to another clause.

Kinds of Conjunctions

November 19th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

There are two main kinds of conjunctions:

Coordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions

Coordinating conjunctions join two clauses or sentences of equal rank. Here both clauses are capable of being principal clauses if they appear as such in separate sentences.

More on Conjunctions

November 19th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

A conjunction is a word which merely joins two words, clauses or sentences. Note that a conjunction does not modify or qualify the words/clauses/sentences it joins.

Common Errors with Prepositions

November 18th, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, Vocabulary, Words

Incorrect: He is ill since last week.
Correct: He has been ill since last week.
Incorrect: He has been working since two hours.
Correct: He has been working for two hours.
Incorrect: I have not played cricket since a long time.
Correct: I have not played cricket for a long time.

Words Commonly Confused (Similar Sound) – Part II

November 18th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Allowed and Aloud

Allowed is a verb. To allow is to let something happen.

They allowed me to go.
Children are not allowed to enter the bar.

Words Commonly Confused (Similar Sound) – Part I

November 18th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Whether and weather

Whether is a conjunction used to introduce alternatives.