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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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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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Use of 'and' with perfect tenses for regular verb [migrated]

It is clear that when the verb is irregular we don't repeat auxiliary in perfect tense "she has danced and sung a good song." but if the verb is regular, omitting auxiliary confuses it for ...
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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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Punctuation 'but'

Is there too much punctuation in this sentence? Which is more acceptable? Often, I think they still should, but, still, the premium’s given to these bigger sales. Often, I think they still should, ...
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Albeit + -ing clause

Is it possible to use an -ing clause after "albeit"? Example: We should praise the market's efficiency, albeit recognising the need for regulation.
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What is an example of "where" in an adverb clause?

All the sentences I can think of are anything but an adverb clause. For example: "Where I'm going is none of your business." (A noun clause as the subject) "No one knows where he is.&...
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Starting conjunctions and sentence fragments

We know that it is OK to start a sentence with a conjunction, but not OK to have incomplete sentences.  This seems to me like a contradiction. How can a sentence that starts with a conjunction be a ...
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both (the) X and (the) Y

Which of the three alternatives is correct (or recommended)? "in both the military and civil fields"; "in both military and civil fields"; "in both the military and the civil ...
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She can't sing AND/ OR dance

She can't sing or dance. She can't sing and dance. I saw both sentences; I guess that they are whole negation and partial negation respectively. However, I am not sure which of the action verbs is ...
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Is 'and' ever not a conjunction? [closed]

Certain dictionary definitions of 'and' in lower-case letters are as a conjunction. In capital letters 'AND' is a noun as a Boolean operator. Below is an example of a request to a sign creator for a ...
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Can you say more than four 'and' words in a row? [duplicate]

If I was describing to a shop sign image creator a Fish and Chip shop sign by its individual symbols, I might say to the shop sign image creator: Please can I have the symbols for: fish, 'fish' and ...
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why doesn‘’t the word "but" mean the oppositional relationship in this sentence?

I've read a sentence from the economist,as follows: THE LATEST monthly employment report, published on April 2nd, painted an impressive picture: over the previous month America created more than 900,...
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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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'For' is a coordinating conjunction, but 'because' is a subordinating conjunction. Is that right? Can someone explain why?

He went to bed, for he was tired. (For = coordinating conjunction) He went to bed, because he was tired. (Because = subordinating conjunction) Is this correct? If so, I'm confused. In all the examples ...
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List of adjectives: order and conjunction

Which one of these is the right way to write a list of adjectives? I have a tool that can be described with three adjectives: small, lean, and minimalist. How do I talk about it? Nano is a _____, ...
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Where did the use of the conjunction "So,..." at the beginning of a reply come from? [duplicate]

I am hearing more incidences of people being asked a direct question responding with a reply beginning with So, ... For example, Questioner: "What do you think we should buy Janice for her ...
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Feedback on "...as soon as ..."

I want to know if the following sentence is correct: Therefore, the order of X will be determined as soon as the following results are proved: My aim is to determine the order of an object, X. For ...
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Whatever: pronoun, conjunction or determiner?

I have already learned what is the general difference between conjunctions and conjuncting pronouns, and that is the fact that a pronoun can be a subject or an object in the clause whereas a ...

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