IELTS GRAMMAR - CORRELATIVE CONJUNCTIONS

Updated: May 31

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of words used to link two balanced parts of a sentence.


The most common ones are


either.........................or We can go to either New Zealand or Fiji for our holiday.

neither.......................nor Neither mum nor dad has any money.

not only.....................but also He is not only a great singer but he is also a good dancer.

whether.....................or He is the best singer whether you love him or hate him.

both..........................and The little boy can both read and write.

as...............................as He's not playing as well as he can.

no sooner..................than No sooner had they started their walk than it started to rain.

rather.........................than I would rather go to the cinema than watch Netflix.


Rules for using correlative conjunctions


1. Subject-verb agreement - make sure the verb agrees with the second subject not the first.


Neither the teacher nor her students have the energy today.

Neither the student nor the teacher has the energy today.


2. You don't need commas - unless the second conjunction is before an independent clause.


dependent clause Marco likes not only pizza but also hamburgers.

Independent clause Not only does Marco like pizza, but he also likes hamburgers.



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