COORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS EXERCISES

A- Coordinating conjunctions connect words, phrases, and clauses. Look at the examples that follow and fill in the blanks with ‘and, or, but’.

  1. Tashonda sent in her applications____ waited by the phone for a response.
  2. Joey lost a fortune in the stock market,____ he still seems able to live quite comfortably.
  3. We can broil chicken on the grill tonight,____ we can just eat leftovers.
  4. Willie heard the weather report____ promptly boarded up his house.
  5. The club never invested foolishly,____ used the services of a sage investment counselor.
  6. Juanita is brilliant____ Shalimar has a pleasant personality.
  7. The New Hampshire state motto is the rather grim “Live free____
  8. Hartford is a rich city____ suffers from many symptoms of urban blight.
  9. They must approve his political style____ they wouldn’t keep electing him mayor.
  10. Everybody____ Goldenbreath is trying out for the team.
  11. Use your credit cards frequently____ you’ll soon find yourself deep in debt.
  12. You can study hard for this exam ____  you can fail.

 

B-Rewrite the sentences using the paired conjunctions given in brackets.

Make any necessary changes. Do not use any punctuation marks!

Example: Tom doesn’t lie to his friends. Paul doesn’t either. (neither…nor)

Neither Tom nor Paul lie to their friends.

  1. Fred likes helping his friends. So does Linda. (both…and)

_________________________________________________________

  1. Harry used to date Ann. Or was it Helen? (either…or)

_________________________________________________________

  1. We should learn to accept our weaknesses and our strengths. (not only…but also)

_________________________________________________________

  1. He never listens to or advises his friends when they have a problem. (neither…nor)

_________________________________________________________

  1. I’ve betrayed your trust. I’ve betrayed your love for me. (not only…but also)

___________________________________________________________

  1. He felt disappointed. He felt misunderstood. (both…and)

___________________________________________________________

  1. Brian isn’t very considerate. Neither is Tom. (neither…nor)

___________________________________________________________

  1. A true friend is someone who is caring and loving. (both…and)

___________________________________________________________

  1. Rachel should apologize or leave. (either…or)

___________________________________________________________

  1. Richard and John didn’t keep her secret. (neither…nor)

___________________________________________________________

 

C- Fill in the blanks with the most meaningful paired conjunctions ‘both… and; not only…but also; either… or; neither… nor’.

  • Who wrote you this love letter? – I’m not sure. I think it was _____ Michael _____ Paul.
  • _____ Linda _____ Helen called to say sorry. I’m very sad and frustrated.
  • _____ Ryan _____ Susie have disappointed me. They didn’t come to my birthday party.
  • Paul has been neglecting us. He _____ calls _____ hangs out with us anymore.
  • He hurt  _____ her feelings _____ her dignity. This is unforgivable.
  • _____ loyalty _____ honesty are essential in a friendship.
  • You should _____ disrespect _____ deceive your friends.
  • I will take you _____ to the cinema _____ to the theatre. That’s a promise.

 

 

 

Answers for the section A:

  1. Tashonda sent in her applications and waited by the phone for a response.
  2. Joey lost a fortune in the stock market, but he still seems able to live quite comfortably.
  3. We can broil chicken on the grill tonight, or we can just eat leftovers.
  4. Willie heard the weather report and promptly boarded up his house.
  5. The club never invested foolishly, but used the services of a sage investment counselor.
  6. Juanita is brilliant and Shalimar has a pleasant personality.
  7. The New Hampshire state motto is the rather grim “Live free or die.
  8. Hartford is a rich city and suffers from many symptoms of urban blight.
  9. They must approve his political style or they wouldn’t keep electing him mayor.
  10. Everybody but Goldenbreath is trying out for the team.
  11. Use your credit cards frequently and you’ll soon find yourself deep in debt.
  12. You can study hard for this exam or you can fail.

 

Answers for the section B:

  • Both Fred and Linda like helping their friends.
  • Harry used to date either Ann or Helen.
  • We should learn to accept not only our weaknesses but also our strengths.
  • He neither listens to nor advises his friends when they have a problem.
  • I’ve betrayed not only your trust but also your love for me.
  • He felt both disappointed and misunderstood.
  • Neither Brian nor Tom is very considerate.
  • A true friend is someone who is both caring and loving.
  • Rachel should either apologize or leave.
  • Neither Richard nor John kept her secret.

 

Answers for the section C:

  • Either… or
  • Neither… nor
  • Both… and
  • Neither… nor
  • Not only… but also
  • Both… and
  • Neither… nor
  • Either… or

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http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/conjunctions.htm

 

By Elif Bedir

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