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Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using words classed as Conjunctions.

Conjunctions include words such as:

After, and, as, before, because, but, if, or, since, so, when, while, yet.

A Conjunction joins together two separate things, such as items in a list, or two clauses. For example:

• The Allens, Thorpes, and Morlands all met in the evening.
• “Make haste and get in.”
• “I can have no pleasure while I see you in this state.”
Jane Austen

Numbers (e.g. ten, fifty) may be used as Determiners.


I was often out in cold, rain, and sleet.

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


“Can you spare me for an hour or two?”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


His torch dropped head downwards and went out!

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


I allowed Adèle to sit up much later than usual.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


It was as if I had heard a summons from Heaven.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


For two hours and a half I tramped the streets.

From ‘The Little Nugget’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


I’m going to be married, and lead a new life.

From ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, by Charles Dickens.


But as they grew in cunning, they grew in mischief.

From ‘Phantastes’, by George MacDonald.


“We had better be at issue openly than covertly.”

From ‘Bleak House’, by Charles Dickens.


“I will buy Pemberley itself if Darcy will sell it.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“You had a child once, whom you loved and lost.”

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


There wasn’t a scratch or a ripple on its surface.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


Twice she kissed me, and said, “Good night, Miss Jane.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


While they were at breakfast the letters were brought in.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


I saw her face and dress by the light of the lamps.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


The discipline may have been hard, but it was wholesome.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.


Their faces were painted in stripes of white and yellow.

From ‘King Solomon’s Mines’, by H. Rider Haggard.


He had many hardships and adventures before he got back.

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


“Go and wash your hands, dear,” said Mrs Brown patiently.

From ‘Just William’, by Richmal Crompton.


We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.

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He was shortly after seized by an attack of virulent smallpox, from the effects of which he suffered during the rest of his life.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.
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