What Are Correlative Conjunctions?
They have both a coordinating conjunction with an adjective or adverb. When using them, sometimes the sentence sounds odd if you forget to put its BFF in with it.
|Not only do I love to eat, but also I love to cook.
|Not only do I love to eat, I love to cook.
What are some examples?
Common Correlative Conjuctions
|Correlative Conjunction Pair
|We love to paint with both oil and watercolors.
|Either you walk faster, or we’ll be late for the party.
|If you want to get better, then you will have to practice more.
|Neither he nor she knew when the ballet would end.
|No sooner had it stopped raining than we saw a rainbow.
|not only…but also
|Not only is that dog fast, but he’s also incredibly smart.
|It’s such a tiny purse that I can’t fit much inside.
|Whether you wash or I dry, we still have to do the dishes.
Both conjunctions must be equal in a grammatical way of speaking in order to balance out the sentence. So, if you use a noun after one conjunction, you need to use a noun after the correlating one as well.
The conjunction if used the pronoun you after it, so the correlative conjunction then needed a pronoun as well to balance out the sentence - in this case, the pronoun she.