What is conjunction? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Business terms glossary:

A conjunction is a word used to connect words, phrases and clauses.

Common examples of conjunctions include and, but and or, although there are many other possibilities (including although). The three main types of conjunctions are coordinating, correlative and subordinating.

Types of conjunctions:

Coordinating conjunctions join words, phrases and independent clauses. Examples include: and, but, for, nor, or, so and yet

Correlative conjunctions join words and phrases that have fairly equivalent weight in a sentence. They appear in pairs, such as either/orneither/nor, and not only/but also. Here's an example: 

E-business is business conducted online, not only buying and selling but also serving customers and collaborating with business partners.

Subordinating conjunctions join independent clauses to dependent clauses and indicate which is the main clause and which is subordinate. Examples include after, although, as, because, before, if, once, since, than, that, though, till, until, when, where, whether, while and yet. The main clause may be first in the sentence or second. The subordinate clause follows the subordinate conjunction so the main clause is emphasized. 

In the following sentence, for example, the emphasis is on the second clause: 

Although women make up half of the U.S. workforce, they account for only 28% of core IT occupations.

This was last updated in May 2014
Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • contract theory

    - Contract theory is the study of how people and organizations develop legal agreements in situations with uncertain conditions, unknown factors and information asymmetry. (WhatIs.com)

  • traceability

    - Traceability, in supply chain management, is the ability to identify, track and trace elements of a product or substance as it moves along the supply chain from raw goods to finished products. The ... (SearchManufacturingERP.com)

  • mass notification system

    - A mass notification system helps organizations send one-way alerts to staff and the public during a crisis situation. Notification can be triggered by humans, as well as sensing or security devices. (SearchDisasterRecovery.com)

Glossaries

  • Business terms

    - Terms related to business, including definitions about project management and words and phrases about human resources, finance and vertical industries.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.