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What is a conjunction?

 

Definition
 

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
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of conjunctions:
 
Generic
  A conjunction is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 80

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 48–49

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 45

 

Mish 1991 277–278


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