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Video:Quick Tip: What is a Conjunction?

with Heather Kamins

A conjunction is an imperative part of speech as it acts as a connector in a sentence. Learn more about conjunctions and their use in grammar in this ESL video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: What is a Conjunction?

Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about what a conjunction is.

What are Conjunctions?

The purpose of a conjunction is to act as a connector, joining words, phrases, or sentences. There are seven coordinating conjunctions: And, Or, But, For, Yet, Nor, and So.

You can connect two main clauses - full sentences - with a comma, and a coordinating conjunction. For example: My mother is a doctor, and my father is a carpenter.

What are Subordinating Conjunctions?

Subordinating Conjunctions introduce dependent clauses, and includes words and phrases like: Because, Unless, Since, Even Though, and many others. For example: I knew he was mad even though he didn't say so. With a subordinating conjunction, only use a comma if the dependent clause comes first. For example: Even though he didn't say so, I knew he was mad.

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