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Starting a sentence with “And so” in a mathematical proof

Inspired by this question, I thought of something more. As Tim says, and I ageree, one more often sees repeated use of "Hence", "Therefore" etc. in a mathematical proof, and not very often do people ...
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“Maybe one of A or C cheated” — is this correct?

I want to express an assertion that A cheated or C cheated. Can I say: Maybe one of A or C cheated. Maybe one of A and C cheated. Or is neither correct?
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order of the clauses linked by the conjunction 'while': why does it matter some times and at other times not?

Taken from First Certificate Language Practice, by Michael Vince, page 78, exercise 7, sentences 2) and 7): 2) John has done well in French, but not so well in Maths. (to be rewritten as, says the ...
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Is there a single word for the conjunction “and/or”? [duplicate]

For example: "Would you like to eat a pizza and/or a hamburger"
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Which word(s) can be used to express causal relation in modern English?

I will skip it over, because nobody will have doubt on this. Since nobody will have doubt on this, I will skip it over. I will skip it over, for nobody will have doubt on this. An ...
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“However” vs. “but” — which is more formal?

I realize there are questions on the correct usage of "but" and "however". In this case, I am concerned with correctness in a formal context. I have heard it said that however should be used in ...
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How to use “when” vs. “while” on the following occasions?

Please have a look at these sentence pairs: When I worked as a teacher, I met a good friend. While I was working as a teacher, I met a good friend. When I had a dream, I thought ...
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What's the best way to write nested “and” clauses?

Say I have the following sentence: I went to the store to buy eggs, regular, chocolate and soy milk, apples, and bread. There are two and clauses here, one that describes the kinds of milk I was ...
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Have or has in this sentence when talking about “one or the other” [duplicate]

Which of these two sentences is correct english? If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury or: If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury Considering that it is regarding ...
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“However” vs. “on the contrary” [closed]

I would like to get some advice on the difference in meaning between the following sentences. It is true that there have been great advances in technology over the last forty years. especially ...
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“And” or “but” in this sentence from CNN?

She may be one of Hollywood's highest-paid women but Charlize Theron is using her star power to help prevent the spread of HIV in her homeland of South Africa. That is a sentence from the ...
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“because of” vs. “on account of”

Can I always replace “because of” with “on account of”? As in I could not enjoy the day because of the awful weather. I could not enjoy the day on account of the awful weather. If these two ...
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“Be without money and job” vs. “be without money or job”

If I want to express that someone is without money and also without a job, how do I phrase it correctly? He's without money and job. He's without money or job. Please explain your ...
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“However” vs. “but”

In the question sentence: He is seventy-five, he still__ (but, however) pays regular visits to his old mother. Which word can be put in the blank? The answer books says "however" but it sounds ...
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“Bridging X and Y” or “bridging X with Y”?

Which is the correct (or more correct) version of this phrase and why? Bridging ancient wisdom with contemporary science Bridging ancient wisdom and contemporary science.
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Mixing adjective and noun enumerations

I am having trouble writing a seemingly simple sentence. I am organising an event where three kinds of food will be served: hot beverages cold beverages finger food My trouble deals with putting ...
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Is it “Check and mate” or “Checkmate”?

I found the expression “Check and mate!” in the following sentence describing furious exchange of words between CNN host Piers Morgan and rightwing radio host and anti-gun-control propagandist Alex ...
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“We have” vs. “we have that” [closed]

In a mathematical context, which of the following options is more appropriate? Since the fact A is true, we have B=C. Since the fact A is true, we have that B=C.
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Is the “or not” in “whether or not” optional? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Whether or not” vs. “whether” I am not sure about the usage of whether. My confusion over it is whether or not is optional. Suppose I have the following sentence: ...
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Is “since so long” correct?

Because of our negligence towards the issue since so long, ... Am I using this correctly? I want to convey something like 1-2 months ago or since around September.
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“For no other reason than” vs. “for no other reason that” vs. “for no other reason than that”

I am looking for a comprehensive analysis of these three constructions: ... for no other reason than X. ... for no other reason that X. ... for no other reason than that X. Which is ...
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But/while/whereas/though/although/however [closed]

While commenting on this question, I wondered what word is most appropriate for the blank here: Each time I do a compare, the marking method changes to highlighting the entire line, __ I prefer ...
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“Hence”, “therefore” and “so” in mathematical proofs

It seems to me that "so" is seldom used in math proofs. Instead, "hence" and "therefore" are used very often, even repeatedly appearing in several sentences in a row. So I wonder if my feeling is ...
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“Cannot be null or empty” vs. “cannot be null nor empty” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use 'or' or 'nor'? Using “nor” in a list without “neither” Translating this meaning into English: There is a value ...
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Can one conjugate and use 'suicide' as a verb?

I don't remember ever seeing suicide used as a standalone verb. I've always seen it as commits suicide or committed suicide. Can you conjugate and use suicide by itself?
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Conjunction use: “and” or “or” in list of examples

When giving a list of examples, it seems to me "and" should be used because all the items in the list are examples, not just one of the items: I love fruit (e.g., apples, oranges, and bananas). ...
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“Cannot help but think” vs. “cannot but think” vs. “cannot help thinking”

Which of the following are grammatical? I cannot help but think. I cannot but think. I cannot help thinking. I was taught (1) is not correct. Is it true? Or are they all correct? ...
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Correct use of “but”, “however” and “although”

I am not sure which conjunction to use in the following context: I know about programming but I have a little bit of confusion in Java programming. I know about programming although I have a ...
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Use of “if”/“whether” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When are “if” and “whether” equivalent? I was told that one can use if in constructions like: ... if A, then ... But that whether should be ...
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Nothing lasts forever, [so | nor] do we?

Like the title may already suggest, I am wondering if "so" or "nor" would be right in place for refering that something is (not) like stated in the main sentence. What do you think?
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You are all “but” forced to do something instead of something else

What is the grammatical usage of "but" in this sentence? You are all but forced to use them instead of standard C++ Could we ignore "but" and yet convey the same meaning? You are all forced ...
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What is correct in English - “I am sorry it took so long” vs “I am sorry that it took so long” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses? "I am sorry it took so long" "I am sorry that it took so long" Are both of these sentences ...
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“Advise” vs. “advise that”

... and I want to advise they, too, come for a session. ... and I want to advise that they, too, come for a session. The first is how I first wrote it. Do I need that?
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Use of “so as not to”

Which is correct? The thief carried the knife carefully so as not to cut himself. The thief carried the knife carefully not to cut himself.
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Start a subordinate clause with “thus”

In an academic paper I'm using thus to indicate the conclusion of an argument. Today my professor said that thus should not be used in the beginning of a subordinate clause and suggested to use whence ...
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“Though” vs. “although”

Can we use though and although interchangeably? Somebody told me that the difference is that though cannot be used at the beginning of a sentence. Is that the rule?
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What is correct syntax with 'entail'?

My instinct is that when it means "to have as an inescapable consequence", entail must be followed by a noun. In all the grammatical examples I have come across this is how it is used — without ...
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When should we use “and” and/or “and/or”?

Does anyone know when we should use and and when we should use and/or? Is and/or even official English? And when using it in conversation, do we actually pronounce "and" and "or" as such: Hey, ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between these sentences?

A: Positive and negative numbers cannot satisfy the condition. B: Positive or negative numbers cannot satisfy the condition. C: Non-zero numbers cannot satisfy the condition.
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“The larger of A and B” or “the larger of A or B”

I was wondering which one is more correct between "the larger of A and B" and "the larger of A or B". I use the former, but I saw in IRS instruction for Form 1040: In most cases, your federal ...
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Use “or” or “nor”? [duplicate]

I've always wondered this but never asked. Given this statement: Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. Should it be or or nor? This is on Wikipedia so they are probably correct in saying ...
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Does one differentiate A “from” B, or differentiate A “and” B?

A fecal test cannot differentiate intestinal blood from blood from red meat. -or- A fecal test cannot differentiate intestinal blood and blood from red meat.
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How commonly is “but” used in sentences?

Usually, whenever I post a question on Stack Overflow, I have a habit of using the word but excessively. Is there an alternative word can I use?
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Should I use 'or' or 'nor'?

This document does not cover the SDK interfaces nor any other reference material. I think the above is correct, but my grammatical checker in Microsoft Word underlines nor and suggests or. Why?
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When to use & instead of “and”

Are there rules of usage when using the ampersand "&" instead of "and"? Are they completely interchangeable? The ampersand seems more casual, but I'm not sure.
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“So long as” vs. “as long as”

Which phrase is more formal — "so long as" or "as long as"? Example: So long as Google Voice allows free long distance in North America, I will use it. As long as Google Voice allows free ...
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Alternatives to “and/or”?

As a programmer, I have no problem with seeing or using "and/or" in technical documentation. For example, I can upvote an answer that satisfies me and/or mark it as accepted. That's perfectly ...
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When should you use “then” and when “than”?

As far as I know, then is used in a conjunction and in time-related sentences; than in all other cases. I believe that these are correct: Because I'm older than she, I should be the first chosen; I ...
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When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?

I think most folk happily use either "while" or "whilst". I've a vague recollection that at one time "while" indicated the passing of time and "whilst" was essentially the same as "whereas" or ...