A conjunction is connecting words, phrases or clauses.
Coordinating conjunctions are used to connect independent clauses. Thereby they don't affect the word order (structured as typical main clauses) and are generally separated by a comma from each other.
|sondern||on the contrary|
No comma is necessary before “und“ or “oder“.
Theses conjunctions can function as subordinate conjunctions. Therefore, they introduce dependent clauses (subordinate clauses). A dependent clause is not a complete sentence and cannot stand alone. The finite verb is placed at the end of the sentence (subjunction + subject + … + finite verb).
Compound conjunctions build out of two words. The clauses begin with the first part of the compound conjunctions. The second part introduces the other sentence (whether dependent or independent).
|anstatt ... zu||instead of|
|entweder ... oder||either ... or|
|weder noch||neither .. nor|
|sowohl ... als auch||as well as|
|sowohl ... wie auch||as well as|
Now that you have finished the lesson about conjunction, you should be able to form dependent clauses and connect two main clauses with a proper conjunction. Test your skills with our exercises.
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