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What is a conjunction?



A conjunction is a word that

  • syntactically links words or larger constituents, and
  • expresses a semantic relationship between them.

A conjunction is positionally fixed relative to one or more of the elements related by it, thus distinguishing it from constituents such as English conjunctive adverbs.

Examples (English)
  • Coordinating conjunctions
    • and
    • or
    • but
  • Subordinating conjunctions
    • because
    • when
    • unless
  Here are some kinds of conjunctions:
  A conjunction is a kind of

Crystal 1980 80


Hartmann and Stork 1972 48–49


Pei and Gaynor 1954 45


Mish 1991 277–278

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