Either … or, neither … nor, and not only … but also, and the list is long are called correlative conjunctions. Correlative conjunctions are paired conjunctions that link balanced words, phrases, and clauses that carry equal importance within a sentence.
- whether- or
- whether- or not
- just as-so
- no sooner-than
are all correlative conjunctions. A paired conjunction (such as not only . . . but also) that links two equal grammatical items. The elements connected by correlative conjunctions are usually parallel, that is, similar in length and grammatical form. Each element is called a conjoin.Correlative Conjunctions:
THREE THINGS TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT:
1/When you use correlative conjunctions, be careful about
verb agreement–> If you connect two subjects with a correlative conjunction, the second one must agree with the verb that follows.
- Every single morning either mum preparing fruits pancake or dad and my little brother listening to the radio make me feel at home.
- Every single morning either dad and my little brother listening to the radio or mom preparing fruits pancake makes me feel at home.
2/When you use correlative conjunctions, be careful about pronoun agreement–> If you
connect two antecedents with a correlative conjunction, the second one must agree with the pronoun that follows.
- Neither mum nor my grand parents showed their anger when my little brother breaks the expensive vase from china.
- Neither my grand parents nor mum showed her anger when my little brother breaks the expensive vase from china.
3-1/You can have two main clauses like this:
- Not only did my father fall in love with my cat, but he also prepared a delicious dish of milk and crackers for her.
3-2/Or you can shorten the sentence with two prepositional phrases:
- My father prepared a dish of milk and crackers not only for my cat but also for my raccoon.
3-3/Or you can have two nouns as this version does:
- My father prepared milk and crackers for not only my raccoon but also my cat.