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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“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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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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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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Determining if “than” is used as conjunction or preposition

"than" can be used as a conjunction and as a preposition. I want to be able to tell for any given sentence containing "than" which grammatical function it has in that sentence. My current ...
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“Curious as to who” vs. “curious of who”

I'm curious as to who you are. I'm curious of who you are. The person is anonymous and I'm just wondering who it is.
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Conjunctions coordinating vs subordinating

I have a question about the conjunction so. ABeka, which is an advanced homeschool curriculum, classifies the conjunction so as a subordinating conjunction. The book states that it is used to join ...
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Using “as much as” at start of sentence

Is it correct to use "as much as" at the start of the sentence? For example: As much as I like cricket, I like football. Is it correct? I didn't find any reference which suggest to use it that ...
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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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'For while …, yet …' : Right quantity and use of conjunctions?

For while the capacity to overcome all opposing sensible impulses can and must be simply presupposed in man on account of his freedom, yet this capacity as strength is something he must acquire. ...
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Is it mandatory to use a comma before a coordinating conjunction uniting the two independent clauses in a compound sentence?

My friend and I had an argument about whether this sentence required a comma: I understand where you're coming from but I disagree. My friend insisted that there should be a comma before "but": ...
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Syntax of “not only” + “furthermore”

Can I use not only with furthermore instead of also? Not only is he tall, he is also heavy. Can I say or write: Not only is he tall, he is furthermore heavy. or (and please tell me if this ...
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..until the issue will be resolved. WILL?

I always thought you cannot use a future tense after "until" or "unless". But recently, in a very famous IT system, I found the following: An estimate of how much work remains until this issue ...
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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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Omission of “but also” in “not only …, but also …”

I've seen some topics related to this correlative pair 'not only..., but also ...', but I'm still not quite sure if it's correct to use a comma without any conjunction in the following construction: ...
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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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“And” vs. “or” when specifying a collection

If I am looking for one or more of A/B/C, but nothing else, and I want to tell that to somebody, do I say "I am only looking for A, B, and C" or "I am only looking for A, B, or C"? An example with ...
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(conjunction) 'as' in 'at the same time as when'

This happened at the same time as when the window decorations disappeared. I don't know the meaning of 'as' in 'at the same time as when' and the usage of 'as' in this situation. What do you think ...
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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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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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What is the grammatical designation of “that” in “…that she may have…”?

The following sentence is the Modern English translation of a line from the Old English poem Judith: He (God) advanced a gracious favour to her, that she may have a steadfast faith. My question ...
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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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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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What does “if and when” mean, and is it the same as “when and if”?

Rather than trying to describe my beef with this idiom, I will give a bunch of successively objectionable examples. None of these are taken from real life. As I see it, if (and when) both "if" and ...
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How do I choose between “while” and “whilst”? [duplicate]

When should whilst be used instead of while? For example, should I use the first or the second sentence? They don't do this whilst they do that. They don't do this while they do that. Which ...
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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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Is using “and/or” recommended for formal writing, or is it frowned upon?

Is using "and/or" allowed in formal writing? If not, is there general way to represent the OR binary operator with as little space as possible in written English?
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“All but” idiom has two meanings?

Here's two ways I've seen the "all, but" idiom used: "Close all tabs but this one" (Any modern application with a number of tabs might have this as an option.) It means "close all the tabs, but not ...
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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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“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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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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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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“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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'but' for contrast and 'but' for opposition

But does not mean the same thing in I like pop music but my parents like classical music. and in My parents have played a lot of classical music to me but I still don't like it. What is ...
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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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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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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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Is there any difference between ‘wondering whether that hadn’t been Cedric’s plan’ and ‘wondering whether that had been Cedric’s plan’?

I’m thinking a 'whether' clause with a negative sentence means the speaker thinks the situation is less likely. However, I can’t find any explanation in dictionaries at hand. For example: He ...
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“Whether or not” vs. “whether”

This will depend on whether he's suitable for the job. This will depend on whether he's suitable for the job or not. This will depend on whether or not he's suitable for the job. ...
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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 ...