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Are wh-words conjunctions when they begin a dependent (wh-) clause? [duplicate]

According to "A glossary of English Grammar" by Goeffrey Leech: "The wh-words are: who, whom, whose, which, what, how, when, where, why." In the paragraph where Leech defines the term conjunction ...
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"when": conjunction or adverb? [duplicate]

I have a question about the word when. I have read that it can be a conjunction or a relative adverb (either way, it joins two clauses together). Can I ask how do I differentiate between the two? A ...
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Is "how" a subordinator between independent clauses? [duplicate]

We will look at how this is used. My question is this: Is the word how a subordinator in this sentence? If not, what is it? Are "We will look at" and "this is used" two independent clauses? Are ...
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Relative pronoun vs. relative adverb [duplicate]

[1] "That picture was taken in the park where I used to play." (Here, 'where' is an relative adverb. [2] "I remember the day when we first met." (Here, 'when' is an relative adverb.) ...
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Systemic Functional Linguistics - clause boundaries, theme composition [duplicate]

Is my analysis correct that the following use of wh- question words and how is two clauses linked by a conjunction: I don't understand || how/why/when/where he did it here's || why I have a ...
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What part of speech is the word "how" in this sentence?

In the sentence: My philosophy professor demonstrated not only how to reason persuasively but also how to avoid logical fallacies. What part of speech is the word how?
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Can a word function as a relative adverb and a relative pronoun simultaneously?

For example in a sentence like "This is the place where he was murdered", is where functioning as both a relative adverb and a relative pronoun? Here where acts as pronoun as it refers back to its ...
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"In which" etymology [closed]

Why do we say "In which" in many formal essays and documents? I never understood this. The definition for which on Merriam Webster is "being what one or ones out of a group". Why is it that we have ...
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Does a relative pronoun really combine the function of a pronoun with that of a conjunction?

Oxford Living Dictionaries defines 'relative pronoun' as follows: (Originally) a pronoun which refers to an antecedent, as a demonstrative or personal pronoun; (now) specifically a pronoun which ...
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How is the adverb "where" modifying the verb in this case?

This is the house where he was murdered. How is adverb “where” modifying the verb “was murdered”? It doesn't seem to be behaving like an adverb.
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Relative adverb or relative pronoun?

"Can you provide me more information why this conclusion is valid?" "I have no idea why he called." (1) Are these why-clauses relative clauses? (2) Is "why" a relative ...
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