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Questions tagged [conjunctions]

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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Annually |AND or OR| as required - policy wording debate

Completing an internal policy document and the review clause has created some debate in the office. Some may call it petty, I call it a quest for betterment, either way I am seeking some consensus ...
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When do you use 'that' and 'which' [duplicate]

Explain their differences if you like... I wanted to ask when it is appropriate to use the conjunction 'that' in a sentence. For example: The question I want to ask is... Or -The question that I ...
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Implied independent clauses before “because” directly after questions

I have noticed because is often used, especially in speech, after sentences which are not related to the following subordinate clause in the way the word normally indicates. I thought because ...
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Comma before and after “and” and again after non-essential information?

I always have trouble figuring out how to punctuate these kinds of sentences (the commas in particular). I feel like the first example should be correct, but the commas also seem excessive. What do ...
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“Which one of A and B” versus “Which one of A or B”

Here, A and B cannot happen together; that is, if A happens, then B does not, and vice versa. I find a related question in this site, which suggest using "or". I also find an answer which says that ...
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I came across the following sentence. Is the comma before “but” essential?

Chelsea, a big club for many years now, has a habit of producing players with good potential, but most of the academy graduates do not get a chance to play for the senior squad.
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Can vs May (Which one is correct?) [migrated]

Which modal verb do I use in the first blank? I know that “may” is for asking permission, but “can” is for showing capability. So throwing a peel is somewhat a capability. Some people can/may ...
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Correct grammatical use of mentioning 2 people conjoined with “and” [duplicate]

Suppose there are 2 people, let's call them Adam and Eve. Adam was talking to one of his friends, mentioning himself and Eve. Which one would be the correct grammatical use, examples listed below. (...
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Difference between dependent and independent clauses

In the sentence "It's raining, but I'm happy," "but" is a coordinating conjunction. Both of the clauses are independent, right? However, doesn't "I'm happy even though it's raining" mean the same ...
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How to use nevertheless and nonetheless? [duplicate]

Are these examples correct? He was so weak nevertheless completed the task? The task was hard to complete but he is the man who nonetheless did that hard task. My question is, Are these ...
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More months in a year than days in a week

Is it right to say, There are more months in a year than days in a week. My question is how to compare between two groups of words using 'than'?
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Use of conjunctions

Can conjunctions be added after certain adverbs, as in the following sentence : "In the sea, where no one should be found yet each one must be keen as they play hide-and-seek." or does the adverb "...
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Can't make sense of a paragraph from Lovecraft

I decided to start reading some work of Lovecraft.  Reading The Beast in the Cave, I got stuck at the first paragraph I encountered: The horrible conclusion which had been gradually obtruding ...
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'In so far as' and 'As far as' --Are the two conjunctions synonyms?

'In so far as' and 'As far as' -- Are the two conjunctions synonyms? I was searching in Net, but I could not find the answer. They seem to be similar in meaning. Can anyone please explain, with an ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and can be used for Women's Day?

Let women rise and use their strength to contribute to the world. I need to use this sentence for a Women's Day social media design. But there are two doubts: Should it be women or woman? Let women ...
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made with a and b (exclusive)?

If one makes a product with method A and a different product with method B, then is it correct to say that 'Two products are made with A and B.'?
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Do I have to use “that” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Do i need to use the "that" between brackets in this sentence or can I simply leave it out? "I was happy to read [THAT] there will be a variety of projects to work on in different industries" Thank ...
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Using hyphens to connect words to the same meaning (conjunction?)

I had a debate at work, over which thing would be considered the most correct way of writing the following (English): "The company offers engineering, retail and architectural services" or "The ...
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Conjunction Problems on since

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?
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Meaning of “as” in this sentence [closed]

everyone, I'm reading an English novel and I found the next sentence: The person I'd once been vanished as I wrapped myself in white when the dust rose into clouds. I don't really understand ...
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Connectors and Coordinating Conjunctions. Connector FOR

After FOR (as Coordinating Conjunction) could be a -ING verb ? I know after FOR can be a clause with Subject, verb and complements for example: I asked him to stop, FOR I had something important to ...
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How can I describe a conjunction that ends a sentence (so, and, or, but …)?

Recently I (American English speaker / academic / raised in Appalachian and Southern dialect household) noticed myself falling into a conversational pattern with coworkers where I would end a spoken ...
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Difference between “taking into account” and “considering” when used as conjunctions of contrast

How do I explain the difference between "taking into account" and "considering" to ESL students and can they be used interchangeably in the following sentences? "Taking into account that my sales are ...
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Need a word that combines the elements ''related to this' and 'following from this.'

I'm looking for a word/phrase that has a meaning which roughly contains the elements of being 'related to the previous points' and 'following from the previous points, but not in a causative way'. ...
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The word ”time” as a conjunction

In "Time travel” James Gleick discusses the OED definition of the noun ”time” (p248). He notes, in parentheses, that it can also function as an interjection and an obscure conjunction. Sadly, the ...
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Subordinating conjunctions “who” & “when” as subject clause?

I understand who and when can be used to introduce adjective clause for sure like the following sentences. The time when it is good for us to meet has not been decided. The person who is ...
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Adjective and conjunction which has higher priority?

I have a question about priority. For example: "elder brother and sister" means: "elder (brother and sister)" or "(elder brother) and sister"? Another example: "old men and women" means: "old (...
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The Educator for football technology or The educator of football technology [closed]

Please, could you explain that sentence, and also articles "the educator" or "educator" what is correct?
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Coordinating conjunction at beginning of sentence

Reading Wallace Shawn’s new book NIGHT THOUGHTS and he uses this construction all the time. And I knew my childhood memories affected it. But that theory wouldn’t work. How do you show that first ...
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Whereas + present participle

Is it grammatically correct to use whereas + a present participle? For example: I am disinclined to recognize my weak mathematical skills, whereas willing to admit my lack of English skills. This ...
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Can “why” be a conjunction?

I was reading an article about the use of "why" as an adverb. I thought about what other function the word can have and came to the reasoning that it can be a conjunction joining clauses. I looked up ...
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If X or [if] Y - Should I extend conditional after “or”?

I have a message to write where the recipient may encounter two problems. It is currently written like this: "If you are having problem X or if you are having problem Y please contact Z." I'm not ...
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What's the meaning of the sentence “or so he would have us believe”? [closed]

He wrote: 'Pytheas tells us that Thule is one day's sail from the congealed sea... and this Pytheas saw with his own eyes - or so he would have us believe. Mainly the mood or the conjunction ...
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Verb agreement with a phrase set off by “but”

A coworker is writing a sentence like Sally, but especially Joe, enjoys questions about grammar and usage. He thinks it should be Sally, but especially Joe, enjoy questions about grammar and ...
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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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Is it grammatically acceptable to start each options by 'or'?

I've been using this wording and was wondering if it is grammatically acceptable: "I wanted, or an apple, or an orange, or even a pineapple, but not a cake!" I was under the feeling that it showed ...
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Conjunction - “or” - meaning. Is it eliminate the previous/afterwards alternative

In programming and logic, for example, the "or" is meaning something that may or may not be added to the previous or afterwards: A or B (A only; B only; A and B). However, in real live conversations ...
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List: Joining three compound items, two with a common element

Which one is the most proper way to structure a list comprising "metabolic diseases," "microvascular complications," and "macrovascular complications" in the following example: High blood glucose ...
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'although' meaning 'but'

Most dictionaries I know of say that 'although' has two related but different usages. For example, Oxford Living Dictionaries define it as follows: 1 In spite of the fact that; even though. ‘...
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Using the conjunction “as” to express similarity

Is the following sentence gramatically corrent? He has shown sufficient technical aptitude, as has he high motivation to complete the project earlier. In this sentence what meant is that the ...
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Of (verb), of (verb), and of (verb)?

Which is correct? Example 1: We want to emphasize the importance of running, swimming, and dancing. Example 2: We want to emphasize the importance of running, of swimming, and of dancing.
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Can a conjuction prevent run-on sentences without punctuation?

I understand that run-on sentences join independent clauses without a word to connect them or a punctuation mark to separate them, but can a connecting word suffice to prevent a sentence from running ...
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Grammar: “I'll try AND help them”

There are tens of questions here on EL&U about the grammaticality of the try and do something construction and its merits compared with the unremarkable try to do something collocation. However, ...
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Can we use "Since…, thus… as a grammatically valid sentence?

I am wondering if below sentence (and in general, all similar sentences) is grammatically correct and semantically meaningful: Since I have graduated from school, thus I should find a job.
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Would there be an invisible and unneccesary preposition after the word conjuntion “and” if earlier in the sentence there is already a preposition?

I am trying to combine these two sentences in order to make it more concise. The program provides training on reviewing data schematics; it also provides training on interpreting data charts. I ...
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“All but” idiom or excluding “but” in this context?

I'm having a bit of trouble with this section of a biology paper: "LSU was amplified in these species using F63.2 and Mollusc28R2, which amplified all but ~400 bases at the 3' end of the gene." Does ...
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Question on prepositions and comparisons

I ran into a grammar book that claims this sentence as incorrect: Every year, more tourists travel to Disney World than the Louvre They are saying it needs to be "...to the Louvre". Other sources ...
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Why is this sentence incorrect? Why is this other sentence correct?

The answer to this GMAT question was not what I expected it to be. Link to the forum page here. Up until now, I was certain about two fundamental truths about grammar. It is always possible to ...
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What distinguishes the two meanings of the word “though” as a conjunction

The dictionary provides two meanings for the word "though" when used as a conjunction: to introduce a sentence that makes what you just said surprising, as in "He is a Marxist, though he has read ...
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The use of whatever and whichever [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct: Whichever decision you take I will agree with you. Whatever decision you take I will agree with you.