Conjunctions: Correlative

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11899

Either you take this lesson or you don't. Wouldn't you rather learn about correlative conjunctions than not understand them? Read an informative article, then complete as many examples as you can!



English / Language Arts
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personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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It rains we are going to the store. You your brother can ride the bike. If you are sick go to school stay home. What am I trying to say? Learn about correlative conjunctions and you will be able to fix these sentences!

Conjunctions are everywhere!

If you have completed the first two Related Lessons in our Conjunctions series, you are ready to dive into the last lesson of the unit. If not, then catch up in the right-hand sidebar.

Do you remember what a conjunction is? Tell your parent or teacher your answer.

A conjunction is a word that is used to join two or more sentences together. This lesson will focus on correlative conjunctions. A correlative conjunction can be used to pair up two equally important parts of two sentences.

Read through the list of pairs of correlative conjunctions below:

  • as – as
  • as many - as
  • both – and
  • either – or
  • if – then
  • just as – so
  • neither – nor
  • not only – but also
  • no later - than
  • no sooner – than
  • not – but
  • rather – than
  • such - that
  • whether – or

There are many different pairs of correlative conjunctions that can be found in sentences, and you will learn how to use these pairs in sentences. To help you understand, you will look at examples of correlative conjunction pairs being used in sentences. The correlative conjunctions in each sentence will be bold. Read all the sentences aloud to your parent or teacher:

  • Not only did he eat cookies, but also the cake, too!

messy boy

  • I would rather have carrots than broccoli.

girl eating carrot

  • The librarian said, "Bring back the book no later than the 15th of December!”


  • You will have to go to practice whether or not it’s hot out.


  • Either you or Rob can have the last cookie tonight.

last cookie

Those correlative conjunction pairs work great together! Were you able to read all the sentences? Could you find all of the correlative conjunctions?

If so, great work! If not, go back and read through the examples.

You leaned a lot by reading many different examples of correlative conjunction pairs being used in sentences.

In the Got It? section, you will practice using correlative conjunctions by exploring more examples.

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