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What are Important Conjunctions Usage Rules? How to Learn General English Series

What is Conjunction?

Conjunction joins two or more words, phrases, sentences or clauses.

What are the important rules of conjunction usage?

Scarcely/hardly is always followed by when /before.

Scarcely had she gone out when he came.

Lest is followed by should. Not is not used with it.

Be careful lest you should fail.

Though /although must always be followed by yet or comma (,).

Although she worked hard yet she failed.

Both is followed by and - not by else, but or as well as.

Both Ram and Mohan have done their work.

Rather and other are always followed by than.

Ram had no other choice than to do it.

Neither ….nor and either…..or are used in pairs.

She has invited neither him nor her.

Not only is followed by but also.

She is going to open not only a shop but also a hotel.

Whether is always followed by or.

I don’t care whether you come or not.

The same is followed by relative pronoun as or that.

She is the same girl that broke the window.

Because, as, since, as soon as - are not followed by therefore, thus etc.

As she came late, she was punished.

Until means time or event mentioned

Unless means if not – a condition.

She cannot pass unless she studies hard.

Such is usually followed by as.

She is not such a good cook as we expected.

No sooner is always followed by than.

No sooner had he reached there than she left.

Never/ not is followed by or and not by nor.

He has never touched her or talked to her.

And is never used before a relative pronoun.

She is an intelligent girl who is my friend.

That, as to etc are not used before interrogative words like – where, what, who, whom etc.

They asked him where he had been.

Seldom if ever and seldom or never are used.

We seldom or never see him.

Else is followed by but.

I want nothing else but to see him.

So … is used in negative sentences

In both negative and affirmative sentences - As…….as is used.

He is as intelligent as Shyam.

You are not so hard working as Shyam.

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