Multipart Conjunctions

What are Multipart Conjunctions?

Multipart Conjunctions, as their name suggests, are conjunctions (words that combine words, phrases, and clauses) made up of multiple parts. 

All multipart conjunctions are coordinating conjunctions and have no influence on word order.

Example:

  • „Ich war sowohl in Indien als auch in China.“

The Different Multipart Conjunctions:

„sowohl… als auch… “ - Meaning: List

  • „Meine Freundin sollte sowohl hübsch als auch intelligent sein.“

„nicht nur… sondern auch… “ Meaning: List

  • „Max war nicht nur in Brasilien sondern auch in Kolumbien.“

„weder… noch… “ Meaning: Negation

  • „Max war weder in Brasilien noch in Kolumbien.“

„zwar…, aber… “ Meaning: Opposite (positive ⇒⇐ negative)

  • „Meine Freundin ist zwar hübsch, aber nicht sehr intelligent.“

„entweder… oder… “ Meaning: Alternatives

  • „Max will entweder nach Brasilien oder nach Peru fliegen.“

Word Order

Normally conjunctions come before the words or sentence elements that they are related to.

However, entweder“, zwar and weder can also be put in position 1 (for more emphasis).

Examples:

  • „Meine Freundin ist zwar hübsch, aber nicht sehr intelligent.“
  • Zwar ist meine Freundin hübschaber nicht sehr intelligent.“
  • Entweder fahre ich nach Brasilien oder nach Kolumbien.“
  • „Ich fahre entweder nach Brasilien oder nach Kolumbien.“
  • Weder fahre ich nach Brasilien noch nach Kolumbien.“
  • „Ich fahre weder nach Brasilien noch nach Kolumbien.“

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