When using conjunctions in a sentence, ensure the words, phrases or clauses have the same grammatical structure.
Conjunctions connect same parts of speech.
- I have a brother and a sister. (Noun linked to noun)
- We joked and laughed. (Verb to verb)
- She is tall and beautiful. (Adjective to adjective)
- He often eats quickly and noisily. (Adverb to adverb)
Conjunctions connect phrases.
- The fisherman is carrying a bucket of fish and walking along the beach.
- They were running across the field and jumping over the fence.
(Both phrases are of continuous tense.)
- I enjoy watching TV and eating popcorn at the same time.
- He likes listening to ghost stories and visiting haunted places.
(Both are gerund phrases.)
Conjunctions connect clauses.
In joining clauses, we leave out some words.
- We went closer. We were able to see it better.
- We went closer and were able to see it better..
- The zoo has two hippos. It also has two camels..
- The zoo has two hippos and two camels.
- She is friendly. She is not very considerate.
- She is friendly but not very considerate.
- Will you have a coffee? Or will you have a tea?
- Will you have a coffee or tea?.