Posted by: episystechpubs | February 13, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Correlative Conjunctions and Valentine Errors


Just a tiny follow-up to conjunctions from yesterday. We talked about coordinating conjunctions that allow you to join words or phrases, but there is a subgroup of conjunctions under this umbrella. This subgroup is called correlative conjunctions and unlike yesterday’s single-word conjunctions, these are dynamic duos. For example:

· both…and

· either…or

· neither…nor

· not only…but also

Examples of correlative conjunctions (in bold) and the words they are joining (underlined):

· Bobbie served both vegetarian lasagna and meat lasagna at her Columbus Day party.

· I guarantee you that Ronnie will pick either the red socks or the blue socks; he never wears white.

· Neither Zoe nor I enjoy snow plowing.

· Not only was it pouring rain where we camped, but it also was close to freezing.

Have a great weekend! Here are a couple Valentine “spelling fails” for you:

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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