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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Use of “but” after “none”

In the quote below, please see the sentence that begins with the word "None." I have a question about the second half of this sentence. To understand it better, I paraphrased it to "...
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In direct speech, should there be a comma after the clause but before 'as'?

I have had a peep at similar posts but couldn't find what I was looking for, so apologies if I am repeating a question. Which is correct? "Wow!" gasped Sarah as she spotted the sparkling ...
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Can “any of” be followed by “and” or must it be “or”

... to divide the residue of my estate equally among those of John, Mary, and Joseph, who are alive at my death, except if any of John, Mary, and Joseph has died... Or should it be 'if any of John, ...
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Combining the same numbers with “and” [duplicate]

If I wanted to combine these two sentences with and. There are five documents on the table. There are five pens on the table. Might I say There are five documents and pens on the table? Would the ...
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Finding a verb analogous to 'analyse' (US 'analyze') requiring complementiser

I'm proofreading an academic paper and have come across the following: "This process, as Smith analyses, is a way to reflect on..." Intuitively I'd prefer "This process, as Smith ...
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commas and asyndeton

If I write, "Destroying forests is a heinous action, a cruel tragedy if trees are cut for paper. Does the "if" statement correspond to "a cruel tragedy" only or both "a ...
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Is there a correct answer to this 12th Grade English question, listed below?

This was published on BuzzFeed as a supposedly 12th Grade English question Should you change this sentence to make it grammatically correct? "We took shelter in the middle of the night when my ...
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What is a(n) conjunction/phrase/adverb that means the same as “if we ignore X, … (the rest is good)” in writings?

Example: "If we overlook the fact that the game lacks purpose, I think it's safe to say it's an amazing pastime." I think "apart from" could be misunderstood and perceived as "...
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You'll know afterwards, when I get mad. [Analysis of 'when']

American sitcom That '70s Show has these lines (YouTube): Eric: So, uh, for future reference, do I have to ask you, uh, before I go out with my friends? Donna: No. Uh yes. Sometimes. Eric: So, uh, ...
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What time period does 'until last week' include?

What time period does 'until last week' include? In the following sentence - 'Here are the letters I recieved from John, until last week'. Would the list of letters also include the ones I recieved ...
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Problem with “or” (conjunction)

"Let G and H be regular or planar graphs" means: (G and H are regular) or (G and H are planar) or (G and H are regular) or (G is planar and H is regular) or (G is regular and H is planar) ...
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Using “since” in interrogative sentences

I am confused about the usage of these conjunctions. Please help. My answer is 2/1, but I am not so sure. (1) Why did you buy these books ___ you hardly read? since when because as (2) ___ ...
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Is the distinction between “complex sentences” and “compound sentences” real? Is the distinction purely a matter of personal taste?

I am not cheating on my homework. In fact, I no longer have homework; I graduated from college years ago. If you read the entire discussion below, and not just the begining, that should become ...
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Using *if* AND *whether* in the same phrase

I am wondering if one could use if and whether in the same phrase or whether it is better to use two identical conjunctions.
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Alternative if-then tenses

I have a question about two “if-then” sentences. If [past tense] + [past tense]: If they knew, they didn’t say. If [past tense] + [future tense]: If he missed yesterday, he will be here today. ...
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Conjunction usage in sentence

Which sentence makes the most sense? On 25 July, Russia joined Serbia in mobilisation and in a surprise to the Germans, as they thought that the Russians would take a long time to get ready for war. ...
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Need of subject after 'But'

we often see these 1. Liza is poor but she is honest. 2. Liza is poor but honest. Is their any rule against the first one? which one is preferable?
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Need of a subject after 'and' conjunction [duplicate]

Sometimes i see "She went there and she started working." And often i see "She went there and started working." should I use the subject again after 'and' or not? What is the rule? Thanks in advance.
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Interpretation of clause including compound sentences

I'm trying to interpret the highlighted part below. It seems to me that lack of punctuation (serial comma) makes this a little difficult to understand. One of the comforting things about old ...
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Use of hyphen as conjunction

I came across this sentence in my GRE preparation The Bible is fertile ground for exegesis--over the past five centuries there have been as many interpretations as there are pages in the Old ...
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How to interpret the use of adverbs with conjugate clauses?

I wanted to clarify how an adverb (usually preceding) affects the clauses connected by a conjunction. Consider the dictionary meaning of the word oblique. The New Oxford Dictionary of American ...
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Interpreting a sentence with multiple commas and “and” conjunction

I am confused over the highlighted statement: and his 200,000-strong army composed of mostly Mongol soldiers at the second Battle of Ningyuan in the paragraph below. Yuan Chonghuan (6 June 1584 – ...
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What is the part of the speech of “But” in this sentence?

“These commands are binding on all children; they cannot be neglected without sin. Whatever God has commanded us to do, we must perform, without calling in question the propriety of the command. But ...
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How : neither a relative pronoun nor a relative adverb

Relative pronoun : who, whom, whose, which, that Relative adverb : when, where, why Is "how" neither a relative pronoun nor a relative adverb? Is 'how' only a subordinating conjunction in a ...
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Could you give me clear differentiation between different types of Illative Conjunctions?

Please, I want to differentiate clearly between these three Sets of Illative Conjunctions, which have a relationship with Causality, and Inference: to, in order to, in order that, so that. Ex: "He ...
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Coordinating Conjunction vs subordinating conjunction. Who, Which Vs and it/that

I have a question about conjunctions, dependent and independent clauses. The issue came up when a text book suggests that "and it" can replace "which/who". But my understanding is that subordinating ...
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that as conjunction

According to https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/that, the article introduces that as a form of conjunction. However, it seems to me that the following two sentences do not have same structures. For ...
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Comma use in Microsoft Word

I feel like I'm always bristling at Word's suggestions to remove commas. Here's the sentence I'm currently unsure about: Virtual social events are a good way to meet new people, and hosting a ...
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Are Relative pronouns or Relative adverbs Subordinating Conjunctions?

"It is a song that my mother taught me." This sentence consists of : (1) a main clause : "It is a song". (2) a subordinate/dependent clause : "that my mother taught me". (3) A relative pronoun or a ...
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Verbs with different tenses and different complements joined by “and”

Is it grammatically incorrect to join two verbs with different tenses? E.g., "This project hoped to and has potentially succeeded in producing one such possible framework..." Here "hoped to" refers ...
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Can because appear in the start of a sentence?

I am usually used to writing because in the middle of a sentence during my school days. But nowadays I find that because also appears in the start of a sentence. Even if because is used in the start ...
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Difference between 'yet' and 'although'

Training for a TOEIC exam, I got this question. Answers just and moreover are easily discarded. The choices yet and although remain. The correct (expected) answer is the first one. I'm confused why. ...
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Can “More” be used with “simply put”?

Can "more" be used with "simply put"? I would like to write: "More simply put, ..." giving a simpler explanation of the idea in context. I couldn't find useful answers for this question on the ...
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What's the meaning of “for it was” in this sentence: For it was brilliant weather

In The Fairy Tale of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton, the city and state of Heiligwaldenstein, which was one of those toy kingdoms of which certain parts of the German Empire still consist, saying ...
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What is the best way to word a description of a dinner special with options [closed]

My family recently ordered takeout from a local restaurant. My brother, father and I ordered the dinner special. This special included five side dishes, three of which were determined by the ...
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Use of ampersands for nested conjunctions

Consider the sentence: "The zoo contained giraffes, white & black rhinos, and Indian & African elephants." Here ampersands are used for the inner conjunctions, but not the outer level. Is ...
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Is “what” a subordinating conjunction?

For example in this sentence: What the knowledge of Grammar facilitates is further learning of English itself And, what type of Subordinate Clause is "the knowledge of Grammar facilitates"?
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Use of “That” as a conjunction [duplicate]

Which one is grammatically correct? She is the most talented teacher THAT I've ever known. or She is the most talented teacher I've ever known.
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Can a verb come after a conjunction

Can a verb come after a conjunction taking example of this sentence: Please Forward This Code And Notify Website Developer To Paste It Before </head> Tag And Make Please Get It Upload The ...
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Conjunction after “such that”

I am writing a mathematical paper. Consider a sentence like the following: "we choose a function F such that formula (1) holds and the quantity F(x) is complex" It seems to me that the sentence is a ...
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"define A as …''

When I use define as a verb intransitive, are the following four usages all correct? I shall define a certain object as to satisfy the following conditions. I shall define a certain object as ...
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“but” followed by adverb

Is the usage "but implicitly" in the following sentence correct? B is also assumed but implicitly. The context is as follows. We know that both "A" and "B" are assumed. But compared with "A", the ...
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Comma usage confusion

Here's the sentence given in my book: Beyond that I know nothing. Shouldn't this be the following? Beyond that, I know nothing. If I'm wrong, could you please explain the precise rules? As far ...
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Proper punctuation

Please consider the following sentence. A has a unique association with B beyond its shared variance with C and D. My question is whether and is joining B and D, or it is joining C and D. I mean ...
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Conjunction usage [closed]

Is the following phrase grammatically correct? I looked it up in.. well, somewhere... to find out if there is any specific meaning behind the use of AND repeatedly in the same sentence. so far, I ...
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How to understand “and” here

I come across following statement: Enabling this behaviour may reduce performance and increase stream state requirements in streaming mode. I am confused with "reduce performance" is in parallel ...
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reasons that justify a statement as distinct from giving a reason for it

Microsoft® Encarta® 2009 reads as follows Because and for are both used to introduce reasons that justify a statement as distinct from giving a reason for it: You must have forgotten to invite them, ...
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Use of multiple “and” in a sentence

I’m having trouble convincing a client that the following phrase is correct: Price is per couple and subject to 10% service charge and applicable government tax. My client doesn’t believe the ...
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Apostrophe with conjunction [duplicate]

Should we say: I am a great fan of Shakespear's and Enid Byton's writing or I am a great fan of Shakespeare and Enid Blyton's writing

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