Spanish languageSpanish Coordinating Conjunctions - Conjunciones de coordinación

Coordinating conjunctions | Subordinating conjunctions

Coordinating conjunctions provide a link between similar words or groups of words, such as nouns, verbs, people, etc.

José y Ana hablan francés. José and Ana speak French.
Quiero un taco o una enchilada. I want a taco or an enchilada.
Espera a tu hermano, entonces abre la puerta. Wait for your brother, then open the door.
Voy a Madrid pero no tengo mucho dinero. I'm going to Madrid but I don't have much money.

Note that in each example, the conjunction is joining similar parts of speech. For this reason, these are called coordinating conjunctions:

  • José and Ana are both people
  • Taco and enchilada are both things
  • Wait for your brother and open the door are both commands
  • I'm going and I don't have are both current actions/states of being

The most common Spanish coordinating conjunctions are:

entonces so, then
no... ni... ni neither... nor
o or
o... o either... or
pero but
sea... sea either... or
y and

Subordinating Conjunctions

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