Correlative conjunctions definition
Correlative conjunctions are two conjunctions used together to link words, phrases, or clauses.
There are multiple examples of correlative conjunctions, but the following are the correlative conjunctions you will learn in this lesson.
1. Either – or
2. Neither – nor
When you use either, you use or as well.
When you use neither, you use nor as well.
You cannot use either with nor. You also cannot use or with neither.
Example: We will either go to the park or the zoo tomorrow.
Example: We will neither go to the park or the zoo if it is raining.
Correlative conjunctions exercises
Underline the correlative conjunctions used in the following sentences.
1. Some immigrants wanted to come to America either to find jobs or to be with the family that had already traveled to America.
2. Neither Chinese immigrants nor European immigrants wanted to face discrimination.
3. Children either went to work or went to school.
4. Neither Andrew Carnegie nor Alexander Graham Bell was born in America. They were immigrants.
5. When crop prices fell because of mechanization, farmers could neither pay for their mortgages on land nor equipment.
Add the correct correlative conjunctions to make the sentences correct.
1. ____________________ Ida Tarbell ____________________ Upton Sinclair could sit back and do
nothing about the problems they saw.
2. Many in America wanted to ____________________ limit the sale of alcohol
____________________ prohibit alcohol altogether.
3. They plan to make a decision in ____________________ April ____________________ May.
4. ____________________ bootlegging ____________________ speakeasies were legal during
5. ____________________ go to bed early ____________________ don’t complain about being tired every day.
6. Write a sentence about two things you would like to do using either/or.
7. Write a sentence about two things you do not like to eat using either/nor.
8. Write a sentence using the correlative conjunctions either/or neither/nor.