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hey grammarians today we're going to be talking about correlative conjunctions and I know this looks like a pretty ugly word correlative like it's kind of complicated looking but let's break it down this Co part comes from a Latin com meaning with or together and relative when we know what the word relative is like your aunt or your uncle or your cousin is a relative so we're just going to say that just means relative or related so correlative conjunctions there we see it definitional ER or analogically are related together in some way there they're matched pairs they're a matching set and this just means that when you see one it's probably time to use the other in this video we'll go through five of my favorites so either/or is a good pair to start off with and when you start a sentence with either or either I don't know how you say it it sets up the expectation that you're going to have to be choosing between two things so we're going to say or later in the sentence as in what is reputed to be Oscar Wilde's last words either the wallpaper goes or I do the opposite of either/or is neither nor so either/or sets up this choice between two options and neither nor rejects both options so neither gian or Becca liked Howard and I recognize that I say neither and some of you say neither and there's a whole George Gershwin song about that but let's just chalk it up to my Midwestern American accent how about either either neither neither let's learn about some conjunctions but oh if we talk about the both then you use and and oh if you learn to use conjunctions that is grand oh yes both big BM that do were career criminals while we're using both to indicate a connection between two things and then we use and later in the sentence to really firm that up as so it's kind of an interesting one it's a little formal and it kind of allows you to set up this relationship of consequence right to say if one thing is happening then another thing happens as a consequence so as goes Kansas so goes the nation so you know as as one thing happens so must another thing happen is what this is trying to set up whether and/or is similar to either an or except it has a kind of width of possibility about it whether you like shrimp or chocolate there's certain to be something for you at the Veracruz Food Fair right because weather is kind of setting up this possibility between these two options and it doesn't really matter which one you choose there's just a it's just offering up possibilities and I would like to offer you the possibility of checking out more of these correlative conjunctions in our exercises so stick around you can learn anything Dave it out