correlative conjunction


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correlative conjunction

Correlative conjunctions, or paired conjunctions, are sets of conjunctions that are always used together. Like coordinating conjunctions, they join words, phrases, or independent clauses of similar or equal importance and structure. Unlike coordinating conjunctions, they can only join two elements together, no more.
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correlative conjunction

n.
Either of a pair of conjunctions, such as either ... or or both ... and, that connect two parts of a sentence and are not used adjacent to each other. The second of the pair is always a coordinating conjunction.
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Category of structural parallelism: Verb Phrasal, Noun Phrasal, Adjectival, Adverbial, Correlative Conjunction, Clausal, and Comparative.
0], with verb phrase parallelism being the easiest to recognize followed by adverb, noun phrase, adjective, correlative conjunction, clause, and then comparison being the hardest to recognize.
The experiment concludes that the degree of accuracy in learners' use of parallelism does indirectly reflect proficiency and that parallelism categories are ranked in ascending order of difficulty as follows: verb phrases, adverbs, noun phrases, adjectives, correlative conjunctions, clausal, and comparative structures.
Correlative conjunctions create Correlative Parallelism by the sheer fact that these conjunctions always consist of two parts, each introduces one member in a pair of linguistic units; the units conjoined this way forma correlative parallel structure.
Correlative conjunctions are pairs of conjunctions that work together.
You can use these correlative conjunctions to link more than 2 elements:
Subject-verb agreement questions concentrated on tricky issues: disjunctive subjects found with correlative conjunctions, such as "Neither his sisters nor his brother (is/are) coming" and subject-verb agreement in dependent clauses like "He is one of the boys who (was/were) chosen.