Unit 9.2

# Correlative Conjunctions – Part 2

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## Introduction

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

Correlative conjunctions are conjunctions that come in pairs.

## Form

Correlative conjunctions link different clauses or elements in sentences.

### Affirmative

The position of eitheror is in the affirmative sentence. The structure is:
… Either + 1st choice + or + 2nd choice + …

### Negative

The position of neithernor is used in negative senteces. The structure is:

… Neither + 1st negative choice + nor + 2nd negative choice + …

## Example

Either… or…:

• I can either cook pasta or make chips.
• He will either drink chamomile tea or green tea.
• They will either cook food or get fast food.

Neither… nor…:

• I neither like salty nor spicy foods.
• She is neither from Europe nor Asia.
• They neither eat hot nor cold meat.

## Use

We use correlative conjunctions when we want to give alternatives, choises or make statements about two things or people.

We use:

• in affirmative sentences either/or to express how two clauses relate to each other;
• in negative sentences neither/nor  to connect two negative alternatives.

## Summary

We use the correlative conjunctions eitheror… to give choices, alternatives or make statements about two things or people and neithernor… to connect two negative alternatives.

The structures are:

• Correlative conjunctions either… or…: we start with the word either followed by the first choice followed by or and the other choice.
• Correlative conjunctions neithernor…: we start with the word neither followed by the first negative choice followed by nor and the other negative choice.

For example:
— “I will either eat ice cream or a cupcake.” = I will eat only ice cream or a cupcake, not both of them.
“I will neither drink beer nor wine.” = I will not drink beer and I will not drink wine.

NOTE: either cannot be used with nor, and neither cannot be used with or.

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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