Cover Page ofThe Mayfield Handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing
Table of ContentsWriting TimelineHelpCredits

Section 11.7.2

Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative conjunctions consist of two parts, bothof which must be included in the sentence. Some common correlative conjunctionsare both . . . and, either . . . or,neither . . . nor, notonly . . . but, andwhether . . . or. Like coordinating conjunctions, these conjunctions may linkwords, phrases, or clauses. The units being joined by a correlativeconjunction must be parallel in grammaticalstructure and importance.


Marasmus is the condition that results when a child's diet lacksboth total calories and protein.

--"Metabolic and Deficiency Diseases," Compton'sEncyclopedia


If you use a correlative conjunction to join two independent clauses, separate the clauses with a comma before the second element of the conjunction.


Either Jan will conclude the experiment by February,or she will ask for additional research funds.

Reference Link Text
## Correlative Conjunctions ##
Reference Link Text

[ Home | Table of Contents| Writing Timeline | Index |Help | Credits]

Copyright ©2001 The McGraw-Hill Companies. Any use is subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. McGraw-Hill Higher Education is one of the many fine businesses of
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
.
Corporate Link