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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Use of “because of”

In high school, the teacher told me that because is used to answer “why” question, as below: Why you are you using my shoes? I am using your shoes because I like them. However, the use ...
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Is saying “but nevertheless…” redundant?

I've heard in many places, educated people saying "but nevertheless...". I think both but and nevertheless have the play the same role. Is their combination, as to emphasize that what follows is ...
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Past Perfect sentences with “before”

I had seen a documentary on the Whydah before we visited it in Providence. Sir Francis Drake had worked for the British Navy before he became a pirate. These two sentences seem quite awkward to ...
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And/or in total negation: “Some people are not able to interpret and/or analyze”

In the following sentence, the “and/or” seems odd in a case of total negation: Evidently some people are not able to interpret and/or analyze at that deeper level. Because the sentence says “are not ...
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Question regarding usage of “but” [closed]

I have a question regarding the usage of "but". Suppose a person plays cricket. He does not play football. Which of the following is correct? He plays cricket but football. He plays cricket ...
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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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I am confused about the use of “that they” in English. When should we use “that”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses? I have seen the car that they bought. There is more than one option that they can take. Which is ...
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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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Without, free from, lacking, etc.: Unambiguous total negation with “OR”?

In the following, “does not cause” seems to be clear negation, and total negation requires “or”, therefore: The widget does not cause deformities or cracks However, it is unclear to me whether ...
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How to interpret a statement consisting of two ORs?

I found this statement on a newspaper that is the subject of a recent controversy: "no guarantee or loan shall be given or raised by the Government except under the authority of any resolution ...
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Proper use of pronouns and conjunctions

Could someone please verify the grammar in this sentence? Particularly the use of 'her' (should it be she?) and the implied 'her' after the and. Should there be a second 'her'? "They sought treatment ...
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“Rate, comment, and subscribe” vs. “rate, comment and subscribe” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? In a sentence, when listing a couple — at least three — of things, are you supposed to add a comma before the last ...
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Can 'But', 'And', or 'So' be used to start a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it really incorrect to start a sentence with “and”? Is there any valid rule discouraging the use of a certain word to start a sentence? Usage of “And” in the beginning ...
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When should we use proximity rule in “either/or”, and “neither/nor”?

According to this link, if at least one of the nouns involved is plural then it should take the plural form of the verb. Otherwise, it should take the singular form of the verb. But in the last part ...
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The range of attributive

I have a clause from DirectX SDK as below: The position, velocity, and orientation of sound sources and listeners in 3D space are represented by Cartesian coordinates what's the range of world ...
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Better way to express “X and [A and B] Y” than “X as well as A and B Y”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Overusing “and” and how to fix it I often need to express something along the lines of X and Y, where Y is two things, e.g. Cindy owns a boat and [both red and blue] ...
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Is “that” required in “It turns out that he has requested”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses? Should I use the word that or not in following sentence? It turns out that he has requested review from ...
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Historical frequency of expression “and/or”: Corpus search

What is the historical frequency of the expression “and/or”? I have a feeling that I almost never see it in older texts, but that it is has become exponentially common in the past five or ten years. ...
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Does this sentence contain an introductory clause? [closed]

I could do this myself, but I suggest you follow the manual. In the above sentence, does "I could do this myself" count as an introductory clause? Or does the conjunction modify it? Also, is it ...
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“Three-hundred forty-two” or “three-hundred and forty-two”? [closed]

So on this answer here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12699791/finding-the-word-version-of-a-number/12700097#comment17146082_12700097 We were having the argument whether it is “three hundred and ...
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Is it grammatical to switch verb tense in a predicate with a conjunction? [closed]

I am having a massive debate about whether the following sentence is grammatical: The tag was created and is printed. The issue is the switch of tense between was created and is printed. Some ...
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Is it correct to use the conjunction “or” more than twice in one sentence?

For an example is it correct to say: You may use X or Y or Z or even something else. And what is proper punctuation for such example in case it is valid.
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Does the word “since” ever have a meaning of “thus”, “hereby” ones?

Here is a sentence from "Programming Perl": They [constructors mentioned above in the book — OP's note] don’t really care whether they were invoked from tie, nor do any of the other methods in the ...
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Can a “who” act as both a pronoun and a conjunction at the same time?

Example: I will sue the person who murdered my neighbour. In the preceding example, should we treat who as a relative pronoun, a conjunction, or both?
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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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Placing “If-then” among conjunctions

The "conditional if" plays a role of a subordinating conjunction. While I haven't found a source to say so, I gather that this may be freely paired with "then" in the standard "if-then" clause. The ...
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How to rigorously define independent clauses? [closed]

Consider the following sentence: The independent filmmaker Ira Sachs’s drama “Keep the Lights On,” which opened on Friday, is neither an especially good movie nor an especially bad one, but ...
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“Can’t help but” vs. “can help but”

Is "can’t help but" considered to be a confused mix of the expressions "can but" and "can’t help"? If not, what is the difference between "can help but" and "can’t help but"?
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Use of the word “that” in formal tone, technical writing

I need help settling a disagreement. I have read many posts about the word "that" — probably too many, since I have gotten myself confused! In this first example, there are two subordinate clauses, ...
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Use of 'as' instead of 'because'

Is the use of 'as' in place of 'because' considered to be poor grammar/style? For example I cannot come with you as I am too busy instead of I cannot come with you because I am too busy
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“How” vs. “that” in “You know how we have pizza on Thursdays, right?”

From time to time I hear sentences like this: You know how we have pizza on Thursdays, right? Here, how doesn't mean exactly how those guys eat pizza, it is something like "that" in this ...
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Comma placement following a coordinating connector

Is there a de jure standard in print media for comma placement following a coordinating connector? The situation is perilous, but if we are prepared to act promptly, there is still one chance of ...
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“faux conjunction” [closed]

I am looking at a computerized sample question and solution from a university writing improvement center. True or false. The following sentence is punctuated correctly. Carl Jung was born in ...
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“for” or “because”?

Consider the following fill-in: Mackenzie's clarinet squealed like a startled puppy, __ she hadn't practiced in weeks. because for The presentation I'm looking at indicates "for" as ...
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What is the best way to join 'and' and 'or' together?

What is the best way to join 'or' and 'and' together? 'or/and' or 'and/or'?
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Because vs. due to with adjectives?

I know that because of modifies verbs, whereas due to modifies nouns. However, what do I do if I see something like: We find that X is better than Y in most cases, due to lack of support for Y. ...
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Multiple 'as' (subordinate conjunction) in the same sentence [closed]

Performance is poor as losses have increased and are projected to remain negative going forward as the company works through problem assets and realizes related expense. Is this sentence correct? ...
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past perfect tense with the conjunction “and”

Among those on his right was Bob, the guy that had days earlier started the lease and so began the first... OR Among those on his right was Bob, the guy that had days earlier started the ...
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How can you use “either… or” twice in a sentence?

I want to be able to say something like: There either needs to be X to do either Xa or Xb or there needs to be Y. (edit: since from some answers it doesn't seen to be clear, I mean that that Xa ...
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“Who cares [if/that] it [is/isn't] true” — which to use when?

Imagine the following scenario: Person A: I love this movie so much! The story is so beautiful! Person B: Well, the story isn't true. Now, person A has a few options in how to follow the ...
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Analysis (tree diagram) of “She hugged and kissed her mother”

I was wondering how linguists analyze sentences like "She hugged and kissed her mother" or "Will you have that with or without syrup?" or "Four and five are the square roots of sixteen and ...
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Grammaticality of “that that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem “I don't think that that can be done” Better use of “that that” — or not ...
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Is the phrase “then too” incorrect?

I was told by a school teacher that it was incorrect. I've seen it in articles coming from reputable sources. The general meaning would be similar to the word 'yet', but I can't find any place to ...
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What conjunction to use in a question sentence, if use any at all?

Consider these sentences for example. Did anyone check they're working? Did anyone check that they're working? Did anyone check if they're working? What conjunction is right to use ...
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How should I understand “Although” in this sentence?

The following is an excerpt from a passage in Scientific American: Paleoanthropology has come a long way since Georges Cuvier, the French natural historian and founder of vertebrate paleontology, ...
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Can the coordinating conjunction 'yet' follow a subordinating conjunction?

Is it grammatically permissible by the rules of Standard English for the coordinating conjunction ‘yet’ to follow a subordinating conjunction? For example, take the sentence: Although it is early, ...
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Usage of “since” in “Since the last release, we have integrated feature X”

Does the following sentence imply that X is included in the last release or not? Since the last release, we have integrated feature X.
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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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How to avoid starting sentence with “And” and “But”? [closed]

A lot of times my sentences start with "And" and "But" and they tend to run long. I read a lot of news articles and blogs and have not seen many sentences starting with conjunctions, but I don't seem ...
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Commas around “and”

I'm at a loss as to how I should title this. I have this sentence: We have the option to provide notifications via telephone, and, possibly, email. I am trying to express several things: ...