What are Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative Conjunctions are always used in Pairs.

Examples:

  • Either -Or
  • Neither - Nor
  • Whether - Or
  • Not only - but also
  • not - but
  • rather - than
  • Both - And
  • No sooner - than

Example sentences containing correlative conjunctions:

either . . . or
We can go to either Greece or Spain for our holiday.
It’s my final offer – you can either take it or leave it.
both . . . and
Both rugby and football are popular in France.
Both English and Welsh are spoken in Wales.
not only . . . but also
Not only is he a professional footballer, but he’s also a successful businessman.
not . . . but
There are not two but three Baltic states: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
In sport, what counts is not the winning but the taking part.
neither . . . nor
Neither Norway nor Switzerland is in the European Union.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. (Abraham Lincoln)
whether . . . or
Whether you love them or hate them, you have to admit that the Rolling Stones are very popular.
I’m totally confused – I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.
no sooner . . . than
No sooner had I finished watering the garden than it started raining.

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