This list of conjunctions will knock your socks off. If you want to get super smart, you should see the conjunctions page.
Coordinating conjunctions join sentence elements that are the same. They can join words, phrases, and clauses. There are only seven of these, and they are easy to memorize if you use the acronym FANBOYS.
for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
cookies and milk
into the house and out the door
He came and she left.
This sentence diagram shows us that coordinating conjunctions connect two or more sentence elements.
Check it out! The coordinating conjunction goes on a dotted, vertical line between the things that it connects.
I will eat broccoli after I eat this cookie.
There are many subordinating conjunctions, so keep in mind that this list does not include all of them!
A after, although, as, as if, as long as, as much as, as soon as, as though
B because, before, by the time
E even if, even though
I if, in order that, in case
O once, only if
P provided that
S since, so that
T than, that, though, till
U unless, until
W when, whenever, where, wherever, while
You can see that these kids of conjunctions connect dependent clauses (also called subordinate clauses) to independent clauses just by looking at the sentence diagram!
The subordinating conjunction goes on a dotted line between the two clauses.
Learn more about diagramming subordinating conjunctions.
These kinds of conjunctions do the same thing that coordinating conjunctions do except that they are always used in pairs.
This cookie contains neither chocolate nor nuts.
not only... but also
Here's a sentence diagram of the correlative conjunction both…and.
Did you notice that it's diagrammed in the same way that we diagrammed our coordinating conjunction above? I thought you would. You're so smart.
What page about conjunctions would be complete without a link to Schoolhouse Rock's super catchy Conjunction Junction? (Did you watch this when you were a kid?)