Coordinating Conjunctions (conjunções coordenativas)
- Used to link clauses (parts of the sentence) that have equal importance
- Both parts of the sentence could be separated without changing the meaning.
Subordinating Conjunctions (conjunções subordinadas)
- Connects a dependent clause to an independent one (making one subordinate and dependent on the other).
- Notice in this example that the conjunction porque tells you that the second clause is the reason for the first clause:
Não espero por ela porque ela demora muito tempo I don't wait for her because she takes a lot of time