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French Conjunctions

Learn about both kinds of French conjunctions and how to use them, then memorize the most common ones.

Introduction to French Conjunctions
Conjunctions provide a link between similar words or groups of words, such as nouns, verbs, people, etc. There are two types of French conjunctions.

Coordinating conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions join words and groups of words with an equal value.

Subordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions join dependent clauses to main clauses.

Conjunctive phrases
A conjunctive phrase is a group of two or more words that function as a conjunction. French conjunctive phrases usually end in que and are usually subordinating conjunctions.

Parce que, Car, Puisque, Comme
The French conjunctions parce que, car, puisque, and comme are commonly used to draw conclusions or otherwise relate a cause or explanation with a result or conclusion. These conjunctions have similar but not identical meanings and uses - this lesson explains the difference.

Quand, Lorsque, Lors de, Pendant
What's the difference between the conjunctions quand and lorsque, the similar-looking expressions lorsque and lors de, and the temporal terms lors de and pendant? That's what this lesson is all about.

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