Correlative Conjunctions

Some conjunctions are used in paired sentences, they are called Correlative Conjunctions or Correlatives.

When using them, the first of the two subjects of the conjugated verb should be placed after the first part and the second after the second part.

Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative Conjunctions


Use of Correlative Conjunctions #1


Both…..and

  • Ram was both flogged and fined.
  • Both money and peace are necessary for human life.
  • We both love and respect our parents.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #2


Either……..or

  • Either my father or I will go to the market today.
  • The man is either a saint or a clevis.
  • Come either today or tomorrow.
  • Do either today or tomorrow.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #3


Neither……..nor

  • The saree is neither sky-blue nor white.
  • Neither John nor his father was present.
  • Neha is neither beautiful nor accomplished.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #4


Though…..yet

  • Though he is not rich, yet he is honest.
  • Though he is old, yet he is strong.
  • Though Saurav Ganguly is mainly a batsman, yet he can bowl well.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #5


Whether……or

  • I do not know whether he is guilty or not.
  • You must do it whether you like it or not.
  • I do not know whether Shelley loves me or not.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #6


Not only…..but (or, but also)

  • Rohit is not only a bad boy but (or, but also) a thief.
  • Not only I, but all other Indians love their country.
  • Not only Daud Ibrahim but many others are implicated in the serial bomb-blast case of Mumbai.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales was not only beautiful but also accomplished.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #7


The same……as

  • This is the same pen as I lost the other day.
  • Your paper is of the same kind as mine.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #8


Other…..than, Else……than (or, but)

  • I have no other friend than you.
  • I have other shirts than this.
  • He will take no other books than these.
  • I have none else than (or, but) you to call my own.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #9


Rather….than

  • He would rather die of starvation than beg.
  • We had (or, would) rather die than ever tell a lie.
  • Biswanathbabu would rather resign than act against his conscience.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #10


So……as

  • The film was not so good as I thought it to be.
  • Anil Kumble is not so diligent as Robin Singh.
  • Bikrambabu was so kind as to invite me to his house.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #11


Such……as

  • Joyita is not such a fool as he seems to be.
  • His hurt was such as to cause death.
  • Rupankar is not such a clever boy as you take him to be.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #12


So……that, Such……that

  • He is so weak that he cannot walk.
  • Farmers sow so that they may reap.
  • Such was his ill luck that he was even deserted by his friends.

Use of Correlative Conjunctions #13


As……so

  • As you sow, so shall you reap.
  • As you are tired, you had better rest a while.

Use #14


No sooner…..than, Hardly…..before or when, Scarcely…..when

  • No sooner had I started than it began to rain.
  • No sooner had they reached the station than the train steamed off.
  • No sooner did Jim see me than he ran away.
  • Scarcely had we reached home when it began to rain in torrents. Or, Hardly had we reached home before (or, when it began to rain in torrents.
  • Hardly had he entered the room when he was struck on his head.
  • Scarcely had the tiger jumped when the gun dropped from his hand.

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