Conjunction

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A conjunction is a word used for joining words and clauses together. Typical conjunctions are and, but, because, when, etc.

There are two types of conjunction:

  • coordinating conjunctions:[1] There are seven in total: and, but, for, nor, or, so, and yet. They are placed between words (bacon and eggs); phrases (mad dogs and Englishmen); clauses (I know I should study more, but I just can't find the time.) and - contrary to what many of us were taught at school - sentences (I once spoke fluent Swedish. But that's another story.) of equal or similar grammatical status;

Teaching myths[edit]

However much it may be frowned upon by some from a stylistic viewpoint, there is actually nothing grammatically wrong with starting a sentence with a conjunction.[3] Michael Quinion quotes the use of that infamous initial And... (Fowler's The King’s English accepted it but stressed that it shouldn’t be followed by a comma) from the King James Bible (1611) to Lewis Carroll (in Alice in Wonderland) and Charles Dickens (in Nicholas Nickleby) both from 1865, to Harper Lee (in To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960) and Martin Amis (in London Fields, 1989).[4]

References[edit]

  1. Coordinating conjunction Oxford Dictionaries
  2. Subordinating conjunction Oxford Dictionaries
  3. Grammar myths #2: please miss, can I start a sentence with a conjunction? Oxford Dictionaries
  4. Sentence-initial conjunctions (and) World Wide Words

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