We call prepositions and conjunctions “glue words” because they stick bits and pieces of your sentence together so they make sense. They’re easy to use—no messy tense to worry about, no person agreements to negotiate, no pressing parallelism to consider...well, maybe some, but nothing major. By now you must know, as the comedienne Gilda Radner once said: “It’s always something.” First, though, The Review.
Most people remember conjunctions from grammar school—how can you forget? They were everywhere. They were friendly. Look, who struggles to learn the meaning of the word “and”? And “but” is a real snap. Besides, “conjunction” rhymes so well, it’s become the poster child for good grammar ...