Questions tagged [conjunction-reduction]

Questions about reducing conjunctions. (Reducing conjunctions involves the combination of overlapping coordinating clauses. For example, 'I want to see you and I want to see your friend' would become 'I want to see you and your friend.')

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What happens when a sentence and an aside require different sentence structures?

How do you handle when an aside -- a parenthetical or a dashed aside -- doesn't fit with what follows, but since the aside is the "closest" thing, the original thing doesn't fit either. ...
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If either the [noun 1] or the [noun 2] [duplicate]

I'm not sure which of the following is correct: If either the orange or the apple falls from the tree... If either the orange or apple falls from the tree... I don't know if I need one definite ...
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Run-on sentence?

I'm writing an academic paper with my collaborators, and we came across a sentence with this structure: Our work relates objects A and B, and offers a new perspective to think about concept C. Is ...
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John goes to the cinema with Kate and (with) Ann

What's the difference between general public's interpretations of these: John goes to the cinema with Kate and Ann. John goes to the cinema with Kate and with Ann.
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Can the second auxiliary be omitted in sentences like "...but she may (have)"?

a. I don’t think she has seen it, but she may (have). b. This one needs to be repaired; the other already has (been). Can you omit the second auxiliary? If so, is it more natural to omit it? These ...
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Possibility of omitting preposition phrase

I wonder if I can omit the parenthesized part here? Extraordinary success is achieved by working on commissions one after the other rather than (by doing all of them) simultaneously.
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The toy was the best and built last year. Is a second "was" necessary to create "was built"?

Which of the below sentences is grammatically correct? (A) The toy was the best and built last year. (B) The toy was the best and was built last year. I believe that sentence (B) is correct, but is ...
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business and team trial users

I'm talking about business development of a software. The software can be used by one individual. But it is better, in terms of business model, to have teams or companies who can install the software ...
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Difficulty in distinguishing whether a singular or plural verb agrees with a subject; one which includes "both" followed by a prepositional phrase

I have written the following sentence: While I think the Austrian School's fixation both on natural prices and the rate of interest were akin to jousting at windmills... First, am I correct in ...
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When do we need to use "to" here?

I would like to know when we use "to" before the second verb (in this case communicate) in the following sentence. Sir Percy Grigg, a high Treasury official who knew both well, described ...
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How to explain why "have" is not repeated in "you not only have X, but Y"?

"With the new Smartplan Diary, you not only have the usual great scheduling tools you expect from our apps, but also detailed weather reports about the places you are going to visit" My ...
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Shall I use “the” before “sound” and also “smell” ( the sound and the smell or the sound and smell ? ) [duplicate]

I adore the sound and [the] smell of the rain falling at a late quiet night. When should I keep the second “the” in the sentence?
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Single-word contractions

How could I describe the following two categories of single-word contractions in the least words possible? A) those that cannot be pronounced the way they are written, and therefore are used only in ...
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Using 'said' as part of a compound verb [closed]

I am working on proofreading a first-time novel. The author repeteadly uses 'said' as part of a kind of compound verb (dropping the subject after 'and'): "I don't understand," he said, and ...
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Can the second "by" be omitted from the expression "not by (sth), but by (sth else)"?

Is it correct to omit the second "by" from the following sentences? This is not caused by evil, but by simple ignorance. ..., know that a person is not justified by the works of the ...
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Can conjunction reduction be applied with "so"?

The following examples of conjunction reduction sound wrong to me; are they grammatically correct? The meat is red, so is raw. [The meat is red, so it is raw.] The fish is pink, so is a salmon. [The ...
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using article "the" before three scientific methods

I dove into similar questions but didn't find the exact question. I am writing my paper and I know that "the" should be used before methods, but how could it be when there are 3 methods ...
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Does an adjective before "or" apply to the noun that comes after "or"? [duplicate]

Have you come across any frilly dresses or blouses? Does this mean [frilly dresses or frilly blouses], or does it mean [frilly dresses or blouses]? I want to know whether an adjective so placed only ...
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Too many uses of “either”?

The following is an excerpt from a software manual (where words in monospace type are commands): For either predefined or user, shows either predefined‐only or user‐defined‐only types that are ...
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Parallelism with "should have"

Is it correct to say I should have gone to the mall and bought that dress. or do I need to repeat the "should have" part before "bought"?
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Separating sentence into two simpler ones [closed]

In this sentence: He must be keenly susceptible to people's wants and be able to assess the price at which they would be prepared to satisfy them. Can you help me to separate this complex sentence ...
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Grammatical Rules of Construction. Conjunction-reduction

I'm struggling to understand the meaning of certain phrases that follow a particular pattern. Since I lack the vocabulary to define that pattern, I'll give some examples instead: The pet-friendly ...
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How can I shorten a clause that shares a structure similar to the clause that comes before?

I would like to know how I can shorten the second clause in the following situation Paris is the capital of France and Rome is the capital of Italy. I do not want to duplicate the part is the ...
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Two gerunds and singular or plural verb?

What are the rules regarding two gerunds that are related to the same noun such as: Taking and filming hikes make me tick or Taking and filming hikes makes me tick Which one is correct?
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Dropping articles: "I have a little brother and little sister." - is this correct? [closed]

I teach ESL online through a company which provides materials. One sentence given is "I have a little brother and little sister." When I read this aloud to the student, I automatically added ...
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Is conjunction reduction possible within an if's compound apodosis?

I have the following sentence: If the researcher knew the mechanism, any feature of the population would be known, any (causal) relationships in the population would be completely traceable, and ...
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What’s the long form corresponding to the short form “English Language & Usage”?

Am I right that ①English Lan­guage & Usage is the short form ei­ther for ②English Lan­guage & Its Usage or else for ③English Lan­guage & The Usage of It, rather than for ④English Lan­guage ...
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Is the second "to" needed here? "I am going to listen and (to) read" [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Can I use both? "I am going to listen and read." "I am going to listen and to read."
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How to describe more future promises in a sentence

If I want to say a sentence like this: I will go there and I will lock the door and I will tell them the information. I suppose that this is not a correct way. Should I use only the first will ...
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When can I omit the auxiliary verb in Past Perfect...?

I've come across two examples of past-perfect in the textbook and was wondering if someone could please explain why the latter sentences still use 'had' and why it shouldn't be omitted: 1) When I ...
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Colloquial reductions of TO in sentences

Lately I read again my old English book and find out something that I don't understand. It's about Colloquial reductions, the book says that there are two ways to pronounce "to" in the sentences: /tə/ ...
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When should you repeat the same subject in a compound sentence?

I'd like to know when it is required to repeat the pronoun after a clause or an interjection within the same phrase. For example, which of these two phrases would be considered correct: I've recently ...
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Double present perfect in a compound sentence [closed]

I have two questions concerning the use of the present perfect tense twice in a compound sentence: a. He has accused John of the crime and provided evidence for it. b. He has accused John of ...
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How this present participle is formed

Can someone explain how the 'joining' part in this sentence is formed? and what can be the original sentence before reduction? Joining us here in the studio to start things off we have expert Sonia ...
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What determines how much of a repetition can be omitted for shortening?

Given two sentences with the same subject, we can merge them into one. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to keep buildings cool. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to capture ...
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Repeating a subject twice - a matter of style or grammar?

Is repeating the subject twice in a sentence considered a grammar error or bad style? For example: Epic Game Music will be held for the first time in Poland at Poznan Game Arena and Game Industry ...
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when to the 'the' in a sentence! [closed]

after 'share knowledge of the' why does 'context' not have an article after it? As opposed to The first group consists of nouns which refer to shared knowledge of the situation or the context. why ...
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What does the lady think (that) has happened to Lorna?

What does the lady think (that) has happened to Lorna? Please, can you tell me if "that" has to be omitted or is it optional in this question? I think it is optional, but sounds odds and unnatural, ...
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Of "was X and Y" and "was X and was Y," which is correct?

I sometimes confuse when to use "to be" when there are verbs associated with one noun. What is a difference between these two sentences given below: A promotional plan was launched and completed....
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Can the second 'I' be omitted in 'I am ... and I am ...' [duplicate]

For example, if I want to say I am grateful to have been offered a place on the program and I am very happy to accept the offer. Is it better or not to omit the second 'I'? I am grateful to ...
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Is it okay to repeat "to" in a string of verbs?

Is it okay to repeat the word "to" in a string of verbs? See the following sentence. Does repeating "to" serve an important function or should it be deleted? Throughout history, humans have ...
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"to learn and to persevere" vs. "to learn and persevere"

Which one of the following two sentences is grammatically correct? I can attest to how my willingness to learn and to persevere through hard work will help me quickly grow to become an exceptional [...
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Which one is grammatically correct, with "have" or without "have"?

I have been admitted to the upcoming class and been planning to live in the dormitory. I have been admitted to the upcoming class and have been planning to live in the dormitory.
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Can both "that"-s be dropped in "Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned"? [closed]

Can both that-s be dropped in "Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned"? Is this grammatical: "Here's the email he sent I mentioned"?
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Usage of 'a' before two nouns

Is it valid to use 'a' to describe two nouns? For example: "I am going to town to get a burger and chips" or "they do a nice burger and chips" The concern I have is I am not sure if it is valid to ...
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Should I say "creation of A and B" or "creation of A and of B"? (B being plural)

As a student, I need to write a report about what I accomplished during an internship. I created two things: some indicators (A) and a dashboard (B). Should the title of my report be "Creation of ...
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Conjunction Usage?

I was recently writing a paper and I was wondering what is the most appropriate usage of the conjunction and There are leftovers in both his house and in his office There are leftovers in both his ...
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Future negation with two statements using "won’t" [closed]

I have a question about future negation using won’t. So, when I have a question that contains two parts connected by and and I want to make it known that those things both will not happen. So for ...
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What do "as both" and "both as" mean?

Sometimes it's used as "as both" and sometimes as "both as", examples: His performance both as a captain and as a player was terrible. or I start with my own story, as both a means of explaining ...
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grammatically correct or double negative?

If I write "I have absolutely nothing to do with him and never will." is that clear and grammatically correct in meaning that I will never have anything to do with him? Could it be interpreted/...
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