Published on August 23rd, 2011 In category Education | English

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Use of corelative conjuctions in English sentence

The English sentence sometimes are built with correlative conjunctions like “Both … and” “Although… yet” etc. These combinations have to be used in properly while answering questions in competitive exams like CAT, Bank PO, XAT, MAT etc. Here are some frequently used correlative conjunctions combination and proper way to use them in the English sentence formation

1.  Both … And  

With Both  as well as can’t be used, it is seem many a time student add as well as in the sentence formation

Both Ram as well as Rahim went for Dushehraa festival – Incorrect

Both Ram and Rahim went for Dushehraa festival- Correct

2. So … as  = Normally used in negative sentences and for comparison

The Pipe is so good as that – Incorrect

she danced  for so long that she was exhausted – Correct

3. Although… yet = Although must be followed by yet

Although she is so thin but she is always hungry – Incorrect

Although she is so thin yet she is always hungry – Correct

4. Such .. . that = Whenever Such is used it should be followed by that

Such was his ego as he will not listen to anyone- In correct

Such was his ego that he will not listen to anyone- Correct

5. Not only …. But also   ( Take a note how the meaning of sentence changes with the placement of verb)

(a) Not only Radha but her friends has also called on the party – Incorrect  (Look at the “has”)

      Not only Rashi but her friends have also called on the party – Correct – It should be have as there are many friends

(b) King is not only known for his bravery but also for his kindness – Incorrect – look at the placement of

       King is known not only for his bravery but also for his kindness – Correct, the meaning of sentence has changed now

(c)  Not only all my friends but also I hold the same opinion on him- Incorrect

       Not only I but also all my friends have same opinion on him- Correct

6. Whether …. or  = When ever whether is used it has to come with or

Whether Roger will go to town, I am not sure- Incorrect

Whether Roger will go to town or not, I am not sure – Correct

7. Nothing else …. But    ( These have to come in combination)

it is nothing else than deception- Incorrect

It is nothing else but deception- Correct

8. No other…. than

He has no other work but gossiping- Incorrect

He has no other work than gossiping- Correct

9. No Sooner… Than  — This combination many time leads to mistakes Why? – As no sooner is adverb it is to be followed by did or had and since it is in comparative degree it should be followed by than

No sooner Roger shouted that Kraim left the place – Incorrect

No sooner did Roger shouted than Karim left the place- Correct

10. Indeed … but – These are used not only to correlate but to give emphasis

Ram is indeed a fast runner but he won the race- Incorrect

Ram is indeed a fast runner yet he did not won the race- Correct

11. Scarcely … When  – Scarcely must be followed by when

The Prime Minster had scarcely spoken in parliament when opposition staged walkout- Correct

The Prime Minister had scarcely spoken in parliament than opposition staged walkout- Incorrect

12. Hardly…. When

He has hardly come out of jail then he was again sent back- Incorrect

He had hardly come out of jail when he was asked to go back- Correct 

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