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Correlative conjunctions are always used in pairs. Theyshow the relationship between ideas expressed in different parts of a sentence making the connection more emphatic.

Below are all the correlative conjunctions used in sentences.

Both –and-

Example: He was determined both to beat the record and to win over the crowd.

Either –or -

Example: You may get this book either from the library or from the book store..

Neither –nor 

Example: He can neither speak nor write English.  .

Whether –or- 

Example: Whether we take bus or drive, we will be late. .

  Not only - but also-

Example: The room was not only dark but also cold..

Just as –so-

Example: Just as you sow, so shall you reap..

Correlative means:

Having mutual relationship with another word.


A word that joins words, phrases or sentences.

Common Errors

Pronoun Agreement

When joining two antecedents with a correlative conjunction, the second one must agree with the pronoun that follows.

Neither she nor you expressed your concern.

Neither you nor she expressed her concern.

Verb Agreement

When joining two subjects with a correlative conjunction, the second one must agree with the verb that follows.

Both the director and his assistants are going to  look into the matter.

Both the assistants and the director is going to look into the matter.


Not only the mother but also her children is/are injured in the fire.

Both Rugby and Football was popular to France.

Neither Sarah nor you gave your/her genuine opinion.

Either Saba or her sisters placed her/their books.

She not only wrote the book( She also/ also) selected the illustrations.


1.Are  2. were  3. Your  4. Their  5. But also


No sooner……. than etc.

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