Conjunctions are words used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause, such as "and," "but," and "if."

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How common is the use of 'although' as a preposition rather than a conjunction?

Conceding a point can be expressed by means of – an adverb (however, nevertheless, etc); – a preposition + the point in noun form (despite this, in spite of this, despite the fact that, etc); ...
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Is it okay to say, “I would rather eat it than look at it”?

I know "than" can be both preposition and conjunction and in this case it seems to serve as a conjunction. But the sentence doesn't look right and I think the right sentence would be, I would ...
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Using 'or' twice in a sentence

Can I use 'or' twice in this sentence? I don’t know whether it was a last-minute programme or they didn’t get information about the programme or the school did not get to inform the parents on ...
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Does this sentence exceed using verb? [on hold]

I wonder whether the below sentence exceeds using verb or not? This disease at least is likely to spread around country have many people. The main reason why I ask about exceeding using verb is ...
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Is this use of “but also” grammatically correct and used in the right context?

"Personally I enjoy typing on my computer more than writing. I think it's because I don't have very good handwriting but also because my thoughts spring up faster than I could ever write but with ...
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Negators in sentences that switch the meaning of “and” and “or”

In a sense, this is a follow up to the question Use of “and” and “or” in lists when intent is to disallow all items. An answer states "Or has the meaning of and when it is inside a negated sentence.", ...
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Not to mention A and/or B?

I want to express X is prohibited. Of course A is prohibited. Of course B is also prohibited. Should I use X is prohibited. Not to mention A and B. or X is prohibited. Not to mention A ...
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Which word usage is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Presents a rare and a valuable opportunity Or Presents a rare and valuable opportunity The job of a physician or a nurse Or The job of a physician or nurse Which word usage is correct? Thanks
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When to insert a comma when there are several ands in the sentence

I apologize if this has already been answered somewhere, but I couldn't find it. When there is a series of items or events in a sentence and they are connected by ands, do you need to insert a comma ...
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Tense of verb after conjunction

Jumping straight into my question, consider these two sentences: He had finished the recitation and closed the book. He had finished the recitation and had closed the book. Which of the above two ...
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How logical is the conjunction word “and”?

Tom: "Follow the rules!" Jane: "Thank you, I will follow your advice and keep my mind open for new ideas?" What if Jane wanted to say: Jane: Yes, I will follow the rules" but nevertheless "if I ...
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Use of “and” and “or” in lists when intent is to dissallow all items

Sometimes it is unclear to me whether "or" or "and" should be used in a list. For example I have seen the following lease agreement: The dwelling may not be used for illegal activities: including ...
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Commas Before Little Conjunctions

I've recently come upon a set of lines in a video game which either disregard the rule about commas having to come before little conjunctions (and, so, but) when separating two independent clauses, or ...
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Two sentences with a comma and no conjunction

The SK Telecom article at Wikipedia says SK Telecom is South Korea's largest wireless carrier, it leads the local market with 50.5 percent share as of 2008. But can it be written like this? The ...
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Is there a precedence of clauses in a sentence without commas, or is it just ambiguous?

I have been asked to make symbolic translation of an English sentence during a formal logic exam, which I believed to be rather ambiguous. The TA asserted that the sentence is not ambiguous, and the ...
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Is it bad practice to say “a husband and his wife” because of redundancy?

Phrasing like "a husband and his wife" or "a daughter and her father" always irked me, for being a bit redundant. Surely, it is enough to say "man and his wife" (or in the case of same-sex marriages ...
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Single auxilliary verb before conjunction “and” vs. two auxilliary verbs around it

Which one of these statements is correct or more appropriate or recommended? Alice is an artist and is very popular for her work. Alice is an artist and she is very popular for her work. Alice is an ...
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What is the right way to say “has recovered to within a threshold”?

Let's take the following sentence: X has recovered to within the maximum threshold of Y. What's really the right way to say this? Some ideas that come to mind are: to within the maximum ...
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“thus” at end of sentence

Is it (grammatically) correct to put “thus” at the end of a sentence, like in this example? Most properties carry over directly. We only need to discuss them for one case thus. I know that I ...
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Usage of “so” in a sentence that follows as a conclusion of the previous sentence(s)

I have seen people using "So" (followed by a comma) in the beginning of a sentence written as a conclusion of what is written in the previous sentence(s). For example: "I was sick yesterday. So, I ...
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A question concerning the use of “as” as conjunction

It was as you said. When I first heard it, I was almost certain that it is grammatically wrong. But when I searched Google, I realized it is used frequently (at least according to the book ...
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Grammar: the function of “so” after conjunction?

Recently I read this sentence, and I am wondering, what is the function of "so" here? XYZ is the top provider of high-speed Internet services in the country, or so it claims in its ...
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A Conjunctive Adverb for Reverse

I'm looking for a simplistic manner to say To reverse a little, ... or To go back to an earlier statement, ... A single word conjunctive adverb would be best, similar to furthermore or ...
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“For” with the meaning of “because”

In the sentence "For I shall learn no more of him" (Edgar Allan Poe, The Man of the Crowd), for means because. Is it acceptable to use the conjunction with this meaning nowadays?
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Should a comma be used after although?

When is a comma after although correct and when it is incorrect? Which of these two sentences is correct? "This could work as a great topic for a book, although I could also use it as a topic for a ...
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'Someone' Singular or Plural? [duplicate]

As we know, when the pronoun someone is used, the succeeding verb will be conjugated in the 3rd-person singular. Thus, the following sentence demonstrates legal usage: I cannot enter the room; ...
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Using “since” instead of “because”

I want to use the word since as because, but I don't know if I can add the word 'then' after it. For example, is the sentence 'since we have A and B, then there is no need for you to get C' correct? ...
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“None but the brave deserves the fair.” What part of speech is “but”?

In the sentence: None but the brave deserves the fair. ...is the word but here a: pronoun adverb preposition conjunction Normally but is used as conjunction, but here I am not sure if this ...
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It is correct to put 'But' before 'Despite of'?

I want to write: But despite of this....... Is putting two conjunctions together not necessary? Or would it be fine to have them both together right up close next to each other.
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What does this archaic use of “fear never but you” mean exactly?

In Emerson's famous essay Self-Reliance there's this sentence: Fear never but you shall be consistent in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. I guess ...
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Not only not A, but also B. Does this imply B or not B?

Let's take the following two statements. He who lives in a glass house shall not cast stones (1) He who lives in a glass house shall have his toilet in the basement. (2) Now, if we try to ...
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Proper use of the conjunction “whether”

I've come across several different ways of using the conjunction whether. First, the terse version: "Jon was deciding whether to go outside." That sentence sounds incomplete to me, because it's ...
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“But from” or “But rather from”?

Which one is more grammatically correct? But from or But rather from? I don't quite understand which one should be used. And I seriously doubt that the second one can be used at all. It didn't ...
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Use of commas versus “and” in lists [closed]

Which of these two sentences are grammatically correct? I lost my bag and my book and my pen. I lost my bag, book and pen.
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Are there resources that connect the multiple meanings of “as”?

Respecting this answer, This is often the cases when one reads dictionary definitions but in fact, it's not very difficult to see the connections. the semantic field of 'as' is actually quite ...
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Is it correct to use a comma both before AND after a conjunction?

There is often talk about when to use a comma before conjunctions, but what about when to use them before and after? I would typically write the below sentence as follows: There is a weight of ...
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Should a semicolon be used with a conjunction and a dependent clause?

I've seen semicolons used to separate independent clauses, but is it correct to use them with an independent clause, a conjunction, and a dependent clause? <independent clause 1>; but ...
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SAT Writing Question

Upon considering the facts of the case; he quickly made a decision and sent the police. A. When he considered B. Considering C. Upon Considering D. When Considering Hello everyone, I ...
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Do I lose the subject of the sentence by adding a preposition?

The following second sentence, continues the first, but I wonder whether using the word in causes the second sentence to no longer have a subject, or does it remain from the prior sentence by way of ...
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Conjunction and Subordination

What is the conjunction that indicates subordination in the sentence: By the end of the party, she played Tarot to tell my fortune. I'm in doubt between "by the end" and "by the end of". What do ...
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Having trouble with “and therefore”. Is it a conjunction?

I am having trouble figuring out if any of the following sentences is grammatically correct: (A) People perceive him as manipulative, and therefore do not trust him. (B) People perceive him as ...
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A question regarding verb parallelism from GMAT

This is a question from GMAT sentence correction section. \begin{question} The growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times, which was determined by when the sun reached the ...
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Is it wrong if I don't omit 'the' when there are multiple 'the' items?

Someone claims that the following is ungrammatical: We focus on the parameters of the representative frequency, the composition of sounds and the sequence complexity. They claim it should ...
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“Conductive to achieving” or “Conductive to achieve”?

So there is the sentence: "The current environment is not conducive to achieving the best results" The usage of "to verb+ing" is very confusing. What is the difference between "to achieving" and "to ...
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Parallelism using “as,” “nor,” “or,” and “neither… nor”

Am I using correct parallelism in the following sentence? They say the place where you are born is not a choice, as it is not the family into which you are born. If the above sentence uses correct ...
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Joining two sentences into a compound predicate sentence using conjunction “and”

Which is the correct way to join the sentences and make a compound predicate sentence? The boys are playing football. They are enjoying themselves. The boys are playing football and enjoying ...
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“Whether” or “if” in this context: “I wonder *if/whether* I will ever see this again” [duplicate]

I think the more common recommendation (or appropriate) style is to use "if" in this sentence, "I wonder if I will ever see this again," because there is only one "option." Alternatively, I would ...
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Why no conjunctions between adverbial phrases/clauses when able to be confused with adjective phrase?

Thank you for the kind comments and answers regrading the adverbial phrase of place. But what I don't understand is how they can be used without a conjunction in some cases. For example: 1 He ...
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“Sorry, if” - comma usage incorrect?

I was criticised for the usage of a comma before the subordinating conjunction 'if'. The sentence was "Sorry, if this was in any way unpleasant..." I was under the impression that comma usage in ...
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Contamination issue

Please consider this sentence: The Test provides insight into how to deal with difficult people, such as [difficult] employees. Should the word difficult be repeated? I wonder whether such as ...