Conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses together. If you know your roots, you can understand the meaning of the word. “Con” means “with.” “Junction” means “joining.”
1 - CO-ORDINATE. Very common. Examples include “and,” “but,” “or,” “nor,” “yet,” “for”
They join two or more similar items
2 - SUBORDINATE. Find these words at the beginning of a subordinate or dependent clause. Some examples are:
…but there are many others that could be listed. These are just a few.
If you want to make your writing flow comfortably and easily, join your simple and short sentences into longer ones. Combine them:
(a) Equality – two independent clauses (a compound sentence)
John works at the Dairy Queen after school, and he is often late arriving home.
(b) One dependent and one independent clause (a complex sentence)
Because John works at the Dairy Queen after school, he is often late arriving home.
3 - CORRELATIVE. These words must be kept in pairs. Some of the more common are:
Take care to include the above correctly in your writing. Particularly with “not only” … “but also…” you can make errors in parallel construction.
These pairs must join items of similar structure.
I am not only an excellent student, but also a very hard worker. (correct)
OR this second one which is incorrect:
I am not only an excellent student, but also I am a very hard worker. (incorrect)
Why is the second one incorrect?
Clearly, the two parts of the sentence associated with "not only - but also" are not the same structure.
With a clear understanding of this part of speech, you can excel at your business writing.