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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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Modal verb and conjunction usage in a sentence [closed]

Consider the following sentence: Forgiveness should not be granted but asked for. Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, is it possible to see the rules governing this type of sentences?
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Distinguish between this "and" that or this "or" that

Just wondering about this sentence I came across: It is difficult to distinguish between a misrepresentation or an exaggeration. I feel 'and' should be used in place of 'or'. Can someone confirm ...
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Why isn't it "I will have been running, lest they have been catching me"?

The phrase in the title is obviously incorrect; however, I'm having difficulties figuring out how it could actually be grammatically constructed. To be clear, I'm aware this is a ridiculous ...
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Is there grammar error in this sentence? [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? Does this sentence need an "and" before "has"? He munches on junk food, avoids exercise, ignores the doctor, has another drink.
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Why there is a comma before “and” in a simple sentence of two clauses? [duplicate]

Loretta studied very hard for the test, and she felt confident that she would pass. This is a simple sentence connected with a coordinating conjunction. There should not be a comma because we add a ...
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Restating preposition in a conjunctive phrase to avoid ambiguity

Take the following sentence: This study analyzed how perceptions of poverty and welfare policies influence social movements in the US. My first interpretation, and I suspect the first interpretation ...
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Where should I position the correlating conjunction relative to the infinitive? [duplicate]

I am proofreading the following sentence: They inspired her to produce not only her zine and blog but to create a whole new scene in New Orleans. I am thinking it should rather be written as follows:...
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Unnecessary use of 'and': 'A few seconds later and...'

In several books I've read recently I've noticed what seems to me to be the unnecessary use of the word 'and'. For example: A few seconds later and the phone rang. Is it even grammatically correct?
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Is the construction "[only/merely/just + infinitive]" grammatical?

Consider this sentence: I am not going to the dinner, merely to the cocktail hour. Is this grammatical? Why? It's a little like a coordinating conjunction, except that the elements aren't parallel --...
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Using "As" at beginning of a sentence

A company called Goodbrothers (for the sake of argument) wants to advertise its environmental credentials, using As Goodbrothers, we always pay attention to environmental concerns. In this context, ...
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Past simple and pluperfect with “before”

Which of the following is correct? “I had learned to sing before I learned to dance.” “I learned to sing before I had learned to dance.” “I learned to sing before I learned to dance.” I think only ...
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(Rather than) as a conjunction

It is said that, as a conjunction, the two constructions on each side of (rather than) must be parallel. So can this phrase join two sentences like this? (I know there are better ways of doing it) I ...
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"yet" meaning "nonetheless|nevertheless" with the clause-positional freedom of "nonetheless|nevertheless" in contemporary spoken English, Br vs Am

I was talking with a friend about a book she was reading (British author, 1930s) whose opening sentence was structured along the following lines (the emphasis of my analogue is on the meaning and ...
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What part of speech is "so much so that"?

I was fascinated by the company, so much so that I wrote a book about it. I am trying to understand what justifies the use of the comma before "so much so that." Does it behave as a ...
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How to analyze the trope "because NOUN" grammatically

In recent years it has become something of a trope to respond to a question with the stark reply "because noun". For example, Q. Why can't we burn fossil fuels indefinitely? A. Because ...
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Can "neither" be a conjunction by itself?

On LDOCE, at the definition page of "neither", there is one definition that describes the word as a conjunction, with the sentence: The authorities were not sympathetic to the students’ ...
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Is "nor" used correctly here as a conjunction? ("nor" at the beginning of a sentence)

I came across this sentence when I searched for the definition of the word "nor": "Cooking quickly doesn't mean sacrificing flavour. Nor does fast food have to be junk food." ...
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Expression "only that/so a moment later..."

Despite my online research, I can't decide whether the expression "..only that/so a moment later..." actually exists. (I use the "/" slash sign because I can't decide that even if ...
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Could someone tell me how to use ‘that which’ together in a sentence? [closed]

I’ve read various sentences in which ‘that which’ is used together.
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Too many “and”s - separating clauses vs. list items

I have the following sentence and feel like my usage of “and” is awkward since it makes it look like a list of three things: The scale of the problem has only become greater thanks to the internet ...
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Is "as" in "come as you are" a conjunction, or a preposition? [closed]

Come as you are. Is the "as" above a conjunction, or a preposition? Why?
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Is comma needed if we use "although" in the middle of a sentence?

When we teach students the conjunctions like before, after, or although, we teach them that these conjunctions can be put at the beginning of a sentence or in the middle of a sentence. The question is:...
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Trying to find a grammar rule that explains heavy use of ‘but’ instead of ‘that doesn’t’ in older English

I have seen quite a few sentences that look like this in 18th and 19th century literature: There was hardly a lawyer of repute but took up the question, and had an opinion as to Lizzie’s right to the ...
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Can you use two (or more) semicolons with two (or more) conjunctive adverbs?

I am confident that I know how to use semicolons, and I would like to use them more often; but, there is one thing with the semicolon that I cannot find an answer on: Can you use two (or more) ...
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Remove duplicate use of "and" with different strengths? [closed]

I wrote the following sentence in English: Part of a development group responsible for releasing security solutions for Google’s Security product and investigating devices while understanding their ...
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How to use "between" (or other words) to describe relationship of A and C, A and D

I would like to write a sentence "Was B a variable that explained the relationship between A and C, or between A and D". Is that sentence correct? Should I say: "Was B a variable that ...
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Usage of AND for multiple times in a single statement

Peak voltage, peak current, average voltage, and average current are four different things. Can I write them in the following way? I am confused with the usage of AND in this case. Peak and average ...
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Why is there a comma after the word “recipient”?

Writing sample below (first sentence, not second) The statement is also in the interest of the recipient, as a person seeking an attorney would likely want to know if an attorney only wants easy ...
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Is this a correct way to use the word "however"? [closed]

We apologize; however, we are unable to process your request. I'm sure however is not the correct word to use here. I feel like a causal conjunction might be better. I'm still trying to understand ...
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Is the sentence "Because something is ..., so is something" correct? [closed]

I have a sentence "Because A and B are finite, C is finite". Then I think of a way to remove the duplicate of "finite" with "Because A and B are finite, so is C". Could ...
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Comma Between a Conjunction and an Adverb [closed]

I would like to ask if a comma is needed before the adverb that succeeds the conjunction "and"? After finishing our stuff at the police station, we walked out, and surprisingly, we found ...
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Which part of speech is "as" in each example of mine?

I've come across something that has stumped me a bit. I think that the following usage of "as" is conjunctive. Am I correct? He is the same as the dog is. Is the following usage of "...
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Can "why" ever be used as a subordinating conjunction?

I posted an image of a list of subordinating conjunctions for my students today, and one of them asked about "why" on the list. I couldn't think of any example where "why" would be ...
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Confused on my interpretation when negative 'not' + but

I am confused with usage of but when a negative is preceding it. For example The importance of this bill is not in its specific provisions, but in its broader impact. Here is the word but doing a ...
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What is subject of the second sentence joined by "and"? [duplicate]

In some logical reasoning questions, I get stuck in the following type of sentences. Car A is parked somewhere in the left of Car B and is parked somewhere in the right of Car C. Jack is at the ...
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Apostrophes in 'and' conjuntion [duplicate]

Which should I use: The apple and orange's seeds The apple's and orange's seeds
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What's the meaning of the second part of this sentence? [closed]

Namespaced functions, unless declared "friend," have no access to the class' internals, whereas static methods have. What's the meaning of the second part of this sentence, which is seen at ...
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'Now' as a preposition or conjunction

In the below sentence, is 'now' a preposition or a subordinating conjunction? Most dictionaries (OED, Webster, AHD, etc.) say that 'now' is a (subordinating) conjunction in the sense of the below ...
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How do I use a conjunction to join two clauses directly after a list of terms?

I am trying to offer a choice between two options, the first of which has several sub-options. I'm unsure how to express this in a grammatically correct and clear manner. What I have currently is ...
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Concerning the usage of "something and something of something" [closed]

I'm very confused about a specific usage of the "and" (I think). Here is the case: This fascinating distance and loss of singularity What this phrase means? Are "fascinating distance&...
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Is "that"a conjunction or other grammatical function in the emphatic structure"It is .... that ..."?

For example, in the following sentence It is Mary that brought me this book. Does "that" serve as a conjunction or pronoun or any other grammatical function? And Why?
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Meaning of 'whether' [closed]

What is the meaning of 'whether' in sentence (a), and more importantly what is the difference in meaning between sentence (a) and sentence (b)? (a) I doubt whether he'll do it. (b) I doubt that he'll ...
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Grammatical function of 'however' [closed]

In the below sentence, what is the grammatical function (adverb, preposition, etc.) of 'however', and why? Most dictionaries say 'however' is an adverb, but I cannot understand why this is so, esp. in ...
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A question from the famous quote of AGT golden buzzer Nightbirde

I watched a very touching video on youtube recently and there was a very beautiful quote: "You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy" by Nightbirde. What ...
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A and B + noun or nouns? [closed]

As the title, I am not sure of it. For example, Can you see the blue and red cup / the blue and red cups? Assuming there is one blue and one red cup. Thanks!
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Understanding 'rather do we'

I came across a peculiar sentence structure today: Rather do we do A; but B. I think this is an archaic grammatica structure. What is the meaning of the above structure? The full phrase is given ...
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Regard somebody as (being) as holy as a saint

Regard someone as (being) as holy as a saint Is being here optional, and why is it so in syntactic terms? Secondly, is it similar to the following? It is promoted as a leisure activity, as well as as ...
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How should I connect this dependent clause after a conjunction

I am reviewing content in a math textbook, and am unsure of the proper usage of — ; and : in the quote below. First, teachers of mathematics have a deep respect for tradition. Such respect has its ...
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"I don't know whether/*if or not I passed"

Wiktionary says The sentences “I don't know whether or not I passed” or “I don't know whether/if I passed or not” are both correct. The sentence […] but “I don't know if or not I passed” is ...
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Different conjunctions in a series (blank, blank, and blank, but blank) [closed]

The example sentence is just an example meant to highlight my question, not something I've come across in writing. It's a bit rough, and I honestly don't know much about policy/bills/what have you, ...
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