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1)Since i was unwell ,so i did not come.

2)Since i was unwell ,i did not come.

My book said sentence 1 is not correct as we don't use so with since. Is it correct?

  • Yes, you can use so with since: I haven't been to the restaurant since, so I don't know what its food is like now. It's just wrong in your particular sentence. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Feb 16 at 17:22
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Sentence (1) is incorrect. I don't think the explanation "we don't use since with so" explains that much, though.

The sentence is incorrect because it doesn't have a main clause. The word so is a coordinating conjunction that connects two main clauses, and the word since is a subordinating conjunction that introduces a dependent clause. You can't make a complete sentence by using a coordinating conjunction to connect a dependent clause to a main clause.

*Because I was unwell, and I did not come.
*Though I was unwell, but I came anyway.

are incorrect sentences for exactly the same reason. You need to get rid of one of the conjunctions.

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Yes, "we don't use so with since" simply means the sentence can do either without since or without so.

In other words,

I was unwell, so I did not come.

(without since) would also be correct.

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