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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On the expression “no [noun 1] or any [noun 2]”

I have often seen the following expressions: [ex.] 1. I have no allergies or any medical issues. 2. John serves a chicken with no sauce or any kind of seasoning. I suspect that such a use is ...
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Is “not only… but as well…” grammatical?

I was given a text to read by my teacher which contains the following sentence: Speaking a foreign language one can not only read the papers, magazines and original books by outstanding writers, ...
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Should the word “then” be used instead of the word “than” [closed]

"If a size '2' is beautiful, than my size '22' must be glorious." I believe the word "then" should've been used instead of "than". Correct?
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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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Why don’t other pronouns get to albe-themselves, à la albeit’s “it”?

YES: "Euthanizing this particular kitten was a traumatic, albeit humane necessity." NO: "The geese, having pooped everywhere, made for hideous pets, albethem delicious as an entree." NO: "Most of the ...
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Is comma needed before “and” in two connecting clauses?

I have the fallowing sentence (I've changed the content to keep it fairly understandable, the relations between the parts are the same). However, it states in the literature that green people love ...
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What is the proper way to punctuate “but no”?

I'm trying to figure out the proper usage and punctuation of "but no". I think it's one of the following: You figure I would have made at least one post about Arthur C. Clarke’s “2010” during ...
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Clarification of list grouping

I'm editing some engineering documentation in Australia, and I'd like to say: The tests shall: 1) verify connectivity, 2) test (performance and endurance) by ... The tests shall verify ...
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A Question On Relative Pronouns & Conjunctions

I came across this quote from the movie RocknRolla: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which ...
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“Appointed as” or just “appointed”?

Is it more correct to say a) John was appointed as manager of ACME. or b) John was appointed manager of ACME. Or are they interchangeable?
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Using “and” to combine two sentences [closed]

I would like to combine these two sentences. Have significant experience of managing office and warehouse. Have experience of managing people at office and warehouse. Can I use and to do ...
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Meaning of “as” in following sentence [closed]

I am not sure of the meaning of this sentence: The significance of culture and identity in development has to do not so much with the cultural factor in the process of development as with ...
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“due to A or due to B” is the same as “due to A or B”?

I found "due to A or due to B" in a book. Can I use "due to A or B" instead of "due to A or due to B"? If so, which one is better?
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How crazy can “and” be?

After seeing completely insane examples of "and" usage in this question , I realized that I have no clue how to use the word "and" grammatically: How far does the insanity go? Are the following ...
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Comma after To at the beginning of a sentence

I am just writing my master thesis and I am unsure whether to place a comma in sentences starting with "To". Here are some examples: To be able to improve the performance[,] it is important to ...
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How should I understand this “that” clause?

The following sentence is from an article of Harry Frankfurt who is a professor from Princeton University: It must be part of the point of saying that humbug is "short of lying," that while it has ...
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It will take a while until/before the change takes an effect

Which is correct or sounds better to you? It will take a while until the change takes an effect. It will take a while before the change takes an effect. Thank you
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Is it correct to use “and” immediately followed by “or” or “or” immediately followed by “and”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using “and/or” recommended for formal writing, or is it frowned upon? Alternatives to “and/or”? Is it correct to use and immediately followed by or, or ...
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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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“If/as/when necessary”

Is there any difference between the following sentences? Please press the bell if necessary. Please press the bell as necessary. Please press the bell when necessary.
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What's the meaning of 'one after the other' in this sentence

An illness to which man is prone to any age, claimed the one who was one after the other abbot, officer, scholar, writer, banker, con artist, magician, infantryman, spy, diplomat, but always claiming ...
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Is using “I don't know that” instead of “I don't know if” grammatically correct?

When asked whether he recognized equal rights of atheists, George H. W. Bush said1: No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This ...
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Abbreviation for “or the rest” (or “or others”)?

The Latin et cetera, abbreviated etc., is often used at the end of an incomplete, inclusive list of items when it is clear that there are more items than can be enumerated conveniently and there is no ...
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What rules determine the apostrophe placement in “ham 'n eggs” and similar expressions?

In expressions such as "ham 'n eggs", the conjunction 'n appears to replace and, yet there is only one apostrophe to indicate the missing a and none for the missing d (i.e., no "ham 'n' eggs"). Is ...
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I am “adjective” and I am “present continuous” in one sentence

Do I need to use "I am" twice in one sentence, or it is enough to use it only in the beginning? Where does this rule come from? My example: I am fluent in three languages and I am pursuing the ...
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If a noun phrase is made of two noun-like words that conjugate differently, then which conjugation do you use? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Neither Michael nor Albert is correct” or “Neither Michael nor Albert are correct”? Is “either you or [third-person]” followed by a ...
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How do I know when to eliminate the word “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses? I see the word "that" used very frequently in newspaper articles. It usually is used after the word ...
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Repetition of hyphen in shared prefixes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a hyphen be used without anything on the right side? I'm trying to discuss types of semiconductor, there is P-type and N-type. Assuming my hyphenation is correct, ...
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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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Using “nor” in a list without “neither”

This is the classic usage of neither/nor: I would neither hide nor run away. But is the following construction grammatical? (More than two choices, no neither) I wasn't going to play dead. ...
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What is the correct conjunction or punctuation for the following sentence?

I have two sentences as follows: We don't know what we should do if the worst case happens. The worse case is when the math teacher does not allow us to use calculators in the test. I want to ...
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Add more adjectives to “[noun] is both [adjective] and [adjective]” structure [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Equivalent of “both” when referring three or more items? Consider this statement: Salads are both tasty and delicious. Is there a natural way to use ...
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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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Is it correct that “etc.” can not be used together in a sentence with “for example” and “such as”?

I just read an article from a Chinese website for English teaching which mentions that point. For instance, one can't say: "I can play quite a few musical instruments, for example, the flute, the ...
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When phrases with the same words are combined by “and”/“or”

How are phrases with the same words joined by the conjunctions "and" and "or" to avoid repeating the same ones? If I intend to say sentence 1 below, which of sentences 2 to 5 has/have the same ...
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Does the conversational nature of email allow us to begin sentences with conjunctions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it incorrect to start a sentence with “and”? In grammar school, my English teachers taught me that I should never begin a sentence with a conjunction. ...
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Combination of independent clauses containing quantities

The Zaragoza-Ysleta International Bridge in El Paso, Texas, is one of the 330 ports of entry where customs officials inspect the more than 350 million travelers and 100 million vehicles, trains, ...
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British Railway Stations - How do Brits read railway time tables? [closed]

This question is related to two others referring to "how to speak out loud 24-hour clock times". It has been asked how do English-speaking countries that officially use the 24-hour clock system refer ...
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What is a difference between “what if” and “if”

My English teacher asked me what's the difference between what if and if last week. I can't search anything about that. What only I know is what if is a question sentence. And if is a general(?) ...
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Parse tree of “the ports of Santo Domingo and Cartagena in present-day Colombia”

There is a Wikipedia article with the following line: Drake sailed to the New World and sacked the ports of Santo Domingo and Cartagena in present-day Colombia. Never mind the facts as we might ...
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Whether an omitted “that” should be replaced with a comma in certain situations

Consider a sentence like this: "I'm just letting you know that the meeting is at 6 tonight." It would be pretty common to omit "that" in this sentence: "I'm just letting you know the meeting is at ...
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Can I use “but” at the beginning of a sentence?

For a while, using but to start a sentence was largely frowned upon. But, I think it is possible to use but at the beginning of a sentence, as long as it isn't overused. Am I right?
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What's the pro and cons of using “though” at beginning and at the end of a sentence?

For example: (1) They have been talking for months. Though there is still no deal. (2) They have been talking for months. There is still no deal, though. Are they equal? Or should one of them be ...
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“Me and my wife” or “my wife and me”

Which is correct: me and my wife or my wife and me? The sentence in which this is used is Ms. Smith informed me and my wife that she was afraid of being accosted.
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Sentence Construction: “Just Because … Does Not Mean”

I've already found an entry on this here. However, it does not solve my problem: I just read an entry on "cross platform" from Wikipedia, in which it wrote: Just because a particular operating ...
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Using “if” or not in a sentence structure when expressing doubt

I use the following sentence construction a lot. I'm not sure if this is right. I was not aware of any problem until recently I noticed that quite a few of my colleagues used it a little ...
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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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For as long “as” … ? When is the last as not used? What are the rules?

For instance: For as long as it takes... but For as long we have a future... I know how to use them because I heard them being used, but I don't know whether there is a rule or not.