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Using Conjunctions 2

The conjunctions and, but, and or connect ideas that are equal.

The mice were cousins and acrobats.

      (The conjunction and connects cousins and acrobats, showing that these ideas are equal.)

Other conjunctions connect ideas that aren't equal. Watch for when, unless, if, after, though, and other subordinating conjunctions.

The crowds cheer when they do a double shoulder ride.

      (The conjunction when makes the idea "they do a double shoulder ride" less important than "the crowds cheer.")

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