i want to know that what connectors actually mean ?



Coordinating conjunctions

Coordinating conjunctions join together clauses of equal importance.

Some examples of coordinating conjunctions are - and, but, or,

Use of 'and'

'And' is used as a conjunction when the words or phrases are of equal importance and both conditions exist. Other words that can be used in place of and are: moreover, in addition to, along with, plus, as well as, further more

  • Tom and Harry play hockey.
  • A lion and a fox live in this cave.
  • We need some gloves and a ball in addition to bats.
  • The soldiers rose moreover they cheered the leader.
  • We found the thief along with the bags.
  • The gurgling stream along with the howling wind added to the charm of the place.

Use of 'but'

The conjunction 'but' is used to show a contradiction between two phrases. Let's say the first phrase leads you to expect a certain event and the second phrase tells you quite a contradictory outcome. In such an event, but, is used.

Other words like: nevertheless, yet, however, can be used in place of 'but'

  • He ran, but he missed the bus.
  • She studied hard but could not score well in the test.
  • The hill was very steep but the old man could climb it easily.
  • Sharon fell from the horse nevertheless she did not cry.
  • The lion was hungry yet it did not attack Androcles.
  • He is from England however he speaks Chinese very well.

Use of 'Or'

When we need to express a choice between two words or phrases we use 'or'. Here only one of the two conditions exists.


Would you take a cup of tea or coffee?

Shall we buy a book or a toy?

Sit on the bench or on the grass.

Are you tired or shall we go out for a walk?

Correlative conjunctions:

Conjunctions used in pairs are correlative conjunctions

Either..... or

Either Peter or John has taken the book.


It is neither hot nor tasty.


My sister is both smart and intelligent.

Whether..... or

Tell me whether you know the route or not.

Not only..... but also

Not only is she bad but also stuborn.


Compound conjunctions

Compound conjunctions are groups of words that behave like conjunctions.

In order that, on condition that, provided that, as soon as



In order that

I bought all the books in order that you may study

On condition that

The teacher excused him on condition that he would not repeat the mistake.

Even if

Sarah would not marry him even if he proposed to her.

So that

I kept away my work so that I could spend time with my daughters

Provided that

You can take leave provided that you work overtime later

As though

Rex behaves as though he is the boss.

As well as

Monica as well as veronica was present there

As soon as

Mr. Ford plans to pay off his loan as soon as he gets his bonus.

As if

It looks as if there is going to be a storm.


Subordinating conjunction

A subordinating conjunction joins a clause to another on which it depends for its full meaning. The chief subordinating conjunctions are after, because, if, that, though, although, till, before, unless.

  • I will not go to the market if it rains.
  • The situation 'I will not go to the market' is dependant on the condition 'if it rains'.
  • You could go and play after you have done the dishes.
  • King Midas was unhappy because his daughter turned to gold.
  • You must dig the earth till you find water.

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 A connector is a word that is used to join words or sentences.

And, as well as, but, or, yet, nevertheless, however, so that, as long as, while, until, as if, because, when, after, though, before.

  • A boy and a girl
  • An elephant and a giraffe
  • A toy or a book
  • The music was loud nevertheless it was enjoyable
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  a word or phrase that introduces a clause or sentence and serves as a transition between it and a previous clause or sentence, as for example also in I'm buying eggs and also I'm looking for a dessert for tonight. Cheers!!

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@Aman, your friends Akshita and Minara have done a very good job in trying to help you out on the concept of connectors.

@Akshita and Minara, very well done! Keep up the spirit of helping your mates! You get a thumbs up from Meritnation experts on your effort!

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Thank you ma'am

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 Thanks Ma'am

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Akshtha u are verrryyy verrr veryy intelligent i thnk so ...BTW  u hve copiedf and pasted

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