Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Les Conjonctions

Conjunctions are really quite nice words. They are words that link words or phrases together like 'and', and 'but', and 'because'. They are good words to know because they transform your sentences to a higher level. Not only are you saying what has happened but you are saying why, or you are giving an opinion.

There are coordinating conjunctions that link words and phrases like ‘I get out of bed and brush my teeth. He had to wait for the bus, but I could walk home at once. Subordinating conjunctions don’t just link words, they introduce a dependent clause and establish a relationship between the main sentence and the dependent clause. Although he is at school, he doesn’t answer any questions.

Some French conjunctions are not easy to use. They may require the subjunctive bien que which means "although", or à moins que, which means "unless". Although they are not as straightforward to use it is well worth learning some examples so that you can astound an examiner. Don’t be like this student - Bien qu’il soit à l’école, il ne répond pas aux questions.

A bientôt

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