Listen up, i’m going to tell you the meaning of ‘a conjunction’…

Do you know what a road junction is? It’s where a road meets another road and they join together. This is kind of similar to a conjunction. A conjunction joins two or more words, phrases, or clauses and makes the sentence flow.

​Study the graphic below to gain a better understanding of how a conjunction works.

simple conjunctions meaning

common conjunctions

Take a look at the most common conjunctions we have in English.

common conjunctions
functions of conjunctions

conjunctions in English

You’ve seen the picture above, conjunctions look easy, right? I think I’ve lulled you into a false sense of security as they’re not quite that simple. There are in fact three types of conjunctions with pretty scary sounding names.

  • Coordinating conjunctions
  • Subordinating conjunctions
  • Correlative conjunctions

They all have different functions and there are lots of them for you to try and remember. I’ll start by easing you in with a quick overview, then we can look at them in more detail (if I haven’t scared you off by then!).

types of conjunctions

They look a little scary, don’t they? There are three types of conjunctions for you to learn. Click on the links below to find out about them in more detail.