French conjunctionsOne of the eight parts of speech, conjunctions are used as connectors between grammatically related words or phrases. There are two kinds of conjunctions, depending on whether that relationship is equal or unequal.


Conjunctive Phrases

French conjunctive phrasesTwo or more words often join to create a conjunctive phrase, which just means a series of words that acts like a conjunction. Most French conjunctive phrases end in que and all are subordinating conjunctions.



French connectivesConnectives are links: they combine words, phrases, or sentences. Connectives do not constitute a single part of speech, but rather a category of terms including all conjunctions and prepositions as well as certain types of adverbs and pronouns used in this way.


Coordinating Conjunctions

French coordinating conjunctionsCoordinating conjunctions are small words that connect two or more grammatically equivalent words or phrases. The connected words might be adjectives, nouns, adverbs, verbs, or even independent clauses; the important thing is that they're equal and each one serves the same function in the sentence.


Emphatic Coordinating Conjunctions

Emphatic French coordinating conjunctionsSome coordinating conjunctions are used in pairs or multiples to emphasize the connection between two or more grammatically equivalent words or phrases. These emphatic coordinating conjunctions, aka correlative conjunctions, might connect adjectives, nouns, adverbs, verbs, or even independent clauses.





Substitute que

French conjunction queThere's a way to use the subordinating conjunction que that isn't often taught in school: as a substitute for another conjunction. This usage is neither informal nor unusual, but it is limited to a specific construction and for a specific reason.