Correlative Conjunctions | Either/Or, Rather/Than, Both/And

Learn how to use Correlative Conjunctions with examples.

What is a Correlative Conjunction?

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of conjunctions which work together to coordinate two items. They always appear in pairs. This means that you use them to link equivalent sentence elements.

There are many different pairs of correlative conjunctions:

  • either…or
  • not only…but (also)
  • neither…nor
  • both…and
  • whether…or
  • just as…so
  • the…the
  • as…as
  • as much…as
  • no sooner…than
  • rather…than

Technically speaking, correlative conjunctions consist simply of a coordinating conjunction linked to an adjective or adverb.

Correlative Conjunction | Examples

  • She played both hockey and basketball when she was a student.
  • I will eat either carrots or peas for dinner.
  • Natalie, likes neither milk nor cream cake.
  • Do you care whether we have noodles or rice for dinner?
  • Not only will they paint the outside of the house but also the inside.
  • He is such a bad-tempered person that no one can work with him for long.
  • Scarcely had she finished reading when she fell asleep.
  • No sooner did he enter the room than he saw a snake.

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