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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One or more of A, B, C, [and, or, and/or] D?

In the expression "one or more of A, B, C, [and, or, and/or] D," what is the correct conjunction? Examples of all three choices abound with apparently equivalent intended meaning.
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Difference between conjunctions and prepositions

Conjunctions are usually defined as words that join words, clauses or sentences together. Prepositions are defined as expressing relations between parts of a sentence. However, by expressing ...
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What does “Barack Obama’s real crime is presiding while black” mean?

I thought it’s unusual for me to be able to come to the end of Maureen Dowd’s’ article without any second thoughts on her particular turn of phrases when I’ve read today’s NYT article titled “Reindeer ...
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How to use the “not only . . . but also” construction? [closed]

I’m trying to create the following phrase: It is important not only to ____ but also to ____ in general. But the way I’ve written it above doesn’t sound that good to me. Since I’m not a native ...
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Comma after conjunction [closed]

Is it necessary that comma should come after every conjunction? For example She ate apple and, banana in breakfast .
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After this “as”, are there any words omitted?

“He is still out there somewhere, perhaps looking for another body to share… not being truly alive, he cannot be killed. He left Quirrell to die; he shows just as little mercy to his followers ...
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Is there an instance where 'and' could not replace 'but'?

For instance, I would normally write the following sentence: Many were the dangers arrayed against me, but I had no fear. Is it grammatically incorrect to write instead: Many were the ...
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Is English changing to make “Jack told Jill and *I* to walk faster” acceptable? [duplicate]

Consider: Jack told Jill and I to walk faster. instead of Jack told Jill and me to walk faster. This “mistake” seems to be becoming more and more common, even among TV newscasters or ...
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Using “though” at the beginning of the following sentence

But during the trip, she hardly spoke with him. In fact, she hardly spoke with anyone in the group. She would just follow us quietly to whereever we went, like a little stray cat. Though she ...
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Is this an appropriate usage of “but” at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

I try my best to use proper sentence construction and punctuation, and for my amusement, I've taken the quest to find meaningful situations where one might use the various conjunctions at the ...
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When to use a comma before “and”

I often see people on the Internet using a comma before and in many cases (not adversative cases). Is it ok? In my language it is stricly prohibited to use a comma before an and except for adversative ...
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Because in the middle of a question

Do I put a question mark after the following sentence? Do you know where it is because I cannot find it? I guess it is quite simple but I get really confused when the 'because' is there. To me ...
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Use of “and” in a list followed by “as well”

Do you need an and after wife in this sentence? The husband, wife, mother as well as the sister are coming.
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Using the FANBOYS “for” in a series

I have a sentence that is constructed the same as this one: She bought food for a black cat, a white horse, a red dog, and a green frog. However, I feel the comma does not give enough pause for ...
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How is “so” used in this sentence?

I found this text in one of my reading. I wonder what the role of so in the text because I find it hard to translate into my language. Since I am a teacher of and consultant in engineering and ...
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The subject of “and” in a compound statement

I'm wondering the subject of the second clause in a sentence like You should tell him to get up and get back to work The subject of get back to work is ambiguous to me. It could be interpreted as ...
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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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Is this correct for an email campaign subject? [duplicate]

Just wondering whether the following sentence is grammatically correct — I was always taught that you shouldn't have two ands within the same sentence. We are not able to come up with a better ...
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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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Why is there no comma before “and” before this independent clause?

This was at a moment when the magistrate, overcome with tiredness, had gone down into the garden of his house and, dark, bent beneath some implacable thought, like Tarquin cutting the heads off ...
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Usage of a comma before “and” in a fairly complex sentence

How would I punctuate the following sentence: Furious, John strove to catch Jim by the shirt so that he might throw him against the wall, but once more, Jim was too quick. Where I'm getting ...
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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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Comma before “As if”

In which of the following cases would a comma be used before the as if clause? Does this follow the restrictive/non-restrictive rule? "Hmmm," giggled the girl as if hearing the funniest joke ...
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Using “and” with numbers [duplicate]

I'm a computer programmer and I'm working about this problem. I must say that I'm not very familiar with British English and I'd like to know when the word and is used in the numbers. The perfect ...
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Conjunction Puzzle: Is this clause dependent or independent?

Third grade teacher here. I plan to teach students to distinguish between simple, compound and complex sentences — but only if I can demonstrate a clear and meaningful difference between the latter ...
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Comma before “although”, or is it a matter of style?

I know it technically isn't correct, but to me it just looks awkward without it. For example (just reading through a friend's gig review): The videos were surprisingly hard hitting, although ...
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Singular or plural usage for ellipsis in direct object

Suppose I have the following sentences: There should be an X and a Y chromosome. There should be an X and a Y chromosomes. Is the second grammatically correct? If the last word had to be plural for ...
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“Only for A, B, and C”: Includes cases where not all are present? [closed]

After submitting the report, changes can be made only for the font size, margins, and line spacing. Does this sentence imply that changes can be made only if all three types of changes are ...
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Can more than one coordinating conjunction be used in a sentence?

Can more than one coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, etc.) be used in a sentence? For example: "It was never my intention to become wealthy, but opportunities seemed to just happen, and I was ...
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“Still” and “Yet” as Conjunctions

I know there are already many posts on still and yet, but I really find it difficult to use them as conjunction as in following sentences: It's a small car, yet/still it's surprisingly ...
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A function of “that” in “who are you that you are afraid of man”

I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, (Isaiah 51:12 , English Standard Version ©2001) How to express the ...
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Is it good style to factor out the common root word of two (or more) prefixed compound words?

I see sometimes in conjunciton or disjunction, the common root of two or more compound words are factored out, for example, "super- and sub-script" (maybe bad example, but it suffices to describe the ...
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Use of “any more than” to relate two different situations [closed]

In the following quote by Billy Sunday “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.” can anyone pls explain/elaborate the usage and meaning of ...
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“Not only” and “but also” separated by a full stop

I have the following sentence: This powder is able not only to effectively wash your shirts and sweaters, but also to clean out even the most terrible stains on your pants, handkerchiefs, socks, ...
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When a sentence contains both “not” and “or”, which one has priority?

I am changing a piece of text which current reads: Payment not deducted to also include the situation where payments are withheld. The suggested revision of text given to me is Payment not ...
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Usage of 'and' as a noun

I am reading The day that changed the world by Stephen King and in the beginning he mentions that there is a correct usage of and as a noun. Unfortunately, he only mentions it. I Googled for a long ...
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Is 'that' necessary for this sentence? [duplicate]

My friend and I were playing this game, in which we were complimenting others. For example, she said, "You're so pretty, all the boys want to 'holla' at you." Then I said, "You're so pretty, that all ...
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Can I start a text with “While”?

I know it’s OK to start sentences with While, but is it OK to start a text with it? For example: While electron-electron correlations and interactions are crucial in the descriptions of atoms and ...
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“Where” as a conjunction

There were two sentences I wrote: We did a science experiment where we dissected frogs. This is the last day where I'll be waiting for you by your locker. I'm not sure if where can be used as a ...
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When to use the words “how” and “that”

I wrote this sentence: Tyray also thought about how he would see Darrell’s dead face. However, I remember my teacher telling us the distinction between how and that, and that how is often used ...
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Use of “what” vs “that”

The following sentence was on one of the tests: What would you like to do that others have told you is impossible. Students have asked why that could not be replaced with what. I.e., What ...
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How to join two phrases sharing a common ending

One of my professors asked me if I would be working on an assignment alone or in a group. I responded by saying: I was looking at the assignment and I feel that I am capable of, and therefore ...
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“so long as” vs. “as long as”

I just googled the difference between as long as and so long as. The difference has alredy been discussed here. There are, it seems, two contexts for these expressions: lengths and physical ...
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Pluralization of nouns left out with conjunction

Can a repeated noun be left out in a conjunction? The particular example I am thinking of is a sentence that starts: Element A and element B.... Which I would shorten as: Element A and B... ...
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Is there a suitable conjunction which fits the meaning of “as a continuation of”? [closed]

I want to use it in my thesis. Like secondarily, but I don't want to use that one or similar words, as these specify an order.
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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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Use of a semicolon before and comma after “however”

Several years ago, a previous boss told me to use a semicolon and comma with the word "however". I've always questioned this and would like to know if the following random sentences are using the ...
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Is this a relative pronoun or conjunction?

I want to know everything (that) there is to know about you. I chanced to come across ‘expletive there’ in a syntactic textbook. It says in this type of sentences: there is an expletive, to know ...
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Can “as soon as” ever mean “immediately after”?

Does as soon as mean "immediately after" in the following sentence? He got home as soon as 2 hours. I know that this could be a tad messy without context, but I found it as an example with the ...
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Meaning of “either”: “not /A or B/” = “not /either A or B/”?

In a positive sentence, "either . . .or" is sometimes used to express an exclusive disjunction. However, what happens when “either” is used in negation, as in sentence two below? Is the meaning the ...