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Unit 11.2

Conjunctions: And, But, Because, When

Conjunctions

Conjunctions are words that function as a link between different clauses or elements in sentences.

Conjunctions are words that connect words, phrases and clauses in a sentence.
The main conjunctions are: and, but, because and when.

The structure of the sentence is:
Clause 1 + conjunctions + clause 2

If the sentence is longer we put comma (,) before the conjunction.

  • And
    • Kevin reads the newspaper and watches television every Friday.
    • They live in New York and love its beautiful library.
  • But
    • I like maths lessons but I don’t really like history lessons.
    • You can go hiking there but you have to be very careful.
  • Because
    • Anna doesn’t want to take the exam because she did not study.
    • We can’t come to the party tonight because we must study.
  • When
    • You get very tired when you don’t sleep.
    • We came from school when nobody was home.

Conjunctions are used to connect words, phrases, clauses and sentences and show relations between them.

We can combine the clauses in different ways:

  • And: it connects two sentences (addition);
  • But: it states either a condition or a contrast (contrast);
  • Because: it states the reason (cause);
  • When: it states the time of the sentences (time).

Conjunctions act as a link between words, phrases and clauses within a sentence.

The main conjunctions are: and, but, because and when.

The structure of the sentence is:
Clause 1 + conjunctions + clause 2

For example:
— “I need to go to the supermarket and I also want to visit my grandmother.” = And is used to connect two sentences.
— “I need to go to the supermarket but I have to work.” = But is used to express an action that is in contrast with another action at the same time.
— “I need to go to the supermarket because we have no bread.” = Because is used to link the two parts of the sentence: the action and the reason of the action.
— “I need to go to the supermarket when I finish work.” = When is used to express the new action after the first one is already finished.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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