Many teachers get sick of seeing their students use “and” all the time – that is why giving a list of common conjunctions can help your students spice up their writing and explore new word possibilities. Keep reading for a list of common conjunctions and for ways to help your students learn to integrate them into their writing habits.
Remember, conjunctions are words that help to put two different ideas together in a sentence. Without conjunctions, our ideas would be very simple, and our sentences would be very short. In fact, most sentences are built with conjunctions in the English language, linking two or more phrases or clauses together. Read on for a list of common conjunctions.
There are a few kinds of conjunctions. Some simply link two equal phrases together, and some make one clause dependent on the other. The former conjunctions are called coordinating conjunctions. The latter are called subordinating conjunctions. Some conjunctions are only used in pairs. These are called correlative conjunctions.
How many of these conjunctions do you use in your everyday life? Take your writing beyond “and” – and learn some more conjunctions that can make your writing more vivid and flexible!
for, or, yet, so, even though, if, after, wherever, until, when, while, although, as, provided that, as if, that, as much as, as though, because, though, as long as, before, in order that, in case, lest, once, by the time, even if, as soon as, only if, since, and, so that, nor, but, than, till, unless, whenever, where
The best way to learn how conjunctions work is to practice using them! See if you understand how the conjunctions work in the following sentences:
Don’t forget correlative conjunctions! These are very common in the English language as well. Can you name all of the pairs of correlative conjunctions? They include:
Here are a few examples that use these correlative conjunctions correctly:
Here are some websites that use lots of common conjunctions in quizzes, games, and worksheets:
For more information about a list of common conjunctions, take a look in a grammar book, where there is bound to be a list of lots of conjunctions, from the most common to the most obscure, for you and your students to try using in their writing.