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:
|no … ni … ni||neither … nor|
|o … o||either … or|
|sea … sea||either … or|