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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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Should "than," "like," and "as" be followed by "who" or "whom"?

Before anyone comments that "whom" is not necessary in the English language anymore and that I can just use "who" all the time instead, I'll say that my dialect always uses "...
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correct usage/type with conjunctive adverb [duplicate]

a) Our vacation was wonderful, however, it was too short. Is a) incorrect or acceptable use? I understand it should have a semicolon with a comma or start a new sentence, but some resources conflict ...
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Are there any other out-loud-slashers here?

Native speaker (American English): I say "slash" out loud sometimes in place of "and" or "or," and an example sentence that is natural in my idiolect is "When slash ...
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What is the correct way to use "and" when you have "never" in one of the clauses you want to use it with?

Consider the following sentence: If you need an immutable package (containing multiple files) that can never be changed and be traced, a build artifact is the best choice. What is your understanding ...
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S is not A but B = S is B but not A

Does the sentences "The point is not urgency but importance" and "The point is importance but not urgency" have same meaning? Normally, we use the construction of the first ...
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Can "albeit" ever be followed by a complete sentence

"Albeit" can be followed by adverbs, adjectives, and nouns that are used in a adjectival manner: The journey was fun, albeit short I decided to change my major, albeit reluctantly It was ...
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Better to put interrupting phrase before or after that-conjunction?

Which sentence is either correct or better than the other? Are they both valid? Then she eagerly dug into every basket and confirmed that, to her pleasant surprise, they were all loaded with good ...
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Confused with a sentence mixing conjunctions without commas

These are the exclusions wording of my home insurance policy: LPG fuelled, oil fired, warm air, solar and unvented heating systems or boilers with an output over 60Kw/hr I have an “unvented heating ...
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Semantic Opposition of 'But': Are These Unlike Constituents Viable Opposites?

I have recently been researching the usage of the word 'But' with specific attention given to its function as a coordinating conjunction, wherein it is used to create contrast. Throughout my research, ...
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What's the meaning of "as + adj + as st goes"?

I saw this from an email in my company. The structure seems so strange to me: As fundamental and important as (something) goes, we’re thrilled to announce... Having carried out a preliminary ...
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CGEL: Clarification on the Given Rules for Contrasting Constituents with 'But'

Please could someone clarify a statement in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Huddleston and Pullum? On page 1311 (under section 2.5 'But'), the text makes this comment: A single ...
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Detecting logical disjunction of two adjectives [duplicate]

I've failed to find clear rules for generating logical disjunction of two adjectives in English. Here's a real-life, though dated, example of historical importance: "Tea shall not be consumed, ...
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What is this comma called? [duplicate]

A room furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly. Is there any special name for this comma before 'but' and will the sentence work if we don't use it?
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"So" and "yet" as conjunctive adverbs rather than coordinators

I have recently been digging into the "FANBOYS" concept and how "so," "yet," and "for" are not truly coordinating conjunctions in the same vein as the other ...
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Comma between components of adverbial clause connected by a coordinating conjunctions

When you have an adverbial clause that contains two complete clauses within it connected by a coordinating conjunction, should you add a comma before the conjunction? For example: Because my arm was ...
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'as he had lived'

In the clause 'He died as he had lived', what is the grammatical function of 'as he had lived'? I know it modifies 'died', and I know 'as' can be used.
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Meaning of "Bellairs had the address, and I was the more deceived or Carthew would have news of him."

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XIX, published 1892) Passage 294 The conjunction of these planets seeming ominous, I drew near; but it seemed Bellairs had done ...
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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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Is it grammatical to say "... is both popular and has presented ...'

This particular example comes from a peer-reviewed publication with authors who seem to be native speakers: This trend is both popular and has presented a variety of challenges I wonder if this is ...
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archaic term for the word not

What is the archaic term for who is not? or words like not and do not or how to make phrases in archaic way that includes “not” does term such exist? like this, **i am not aware ** thee brought all ...
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Nor + inversion or no inversion?

My teacher showed me these examples at the lesson about conjunctions: a) She does not eat meat, nor does she drink milk. b) My grandfather could neither read nor write, but he was a very wise person. ...
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"Non-refundable move in/move out fee" Interpretation

In the sentence: There is a $500.00 non-refundable move in/move out fee and $500.00 deposit for moves and deliveries that will be returned if no damage to common areas has been reported. Does the ...
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Is this use of a conjunction correct? [duplicate]

Is the way 'and' is used at the start of the second sentence below correct? Someone that is reviewing my writing said that its an 'egregious grammar error'. Am I missing something? It seems correct to ...
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I'm writing a letter for my test and confusing if i should use"and also it" or "and it also"

Shwezigon Pagoda's appearance always makes me feel powerful. And it also made me consider how mighty Bagan and our nations were back in those days. Or should I be using "and also it" here? ...
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"Greenland may not be as "green" as the name suggests". Is the second "as" a comparative conjunction although there is no object after "suggest"?

In the sentence below, Greenland may not be as "green" as the name suggests. The verb "suggest" should preceed an object as it is a transitive verb, but in the sentence, there is ...
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When should I use “inasmuch” vs “inasmuch as”?

I am wondering whether it is possible to use “inasmuch” without “as” right after. Consider the following sentences: This paper agrees with author (year), inasmuch it reaches a similar conclusion. This ...
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Has the conception of prepositions broadened?

When I studied linguistics 40-some years ago, it was understood that PP → Prep NP But I’ve discovered sources that suggest that the class of prepositions is (now?) understood much more broadly. ...
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Tips to figure out meaning "as" when it means "when" or "because" [closed]

I would like to know some tips or hints to find a way to recognize whether "as" is using a meaning of "when" or a meaning of "because" when "as" connects two ...
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As + (Subject + Verb) omission [duplicate]

In present tense or past tense, subject and verb can be omitted after conjunction. For example People tend to laugh when (they are) imagining pleasant things When (I was) going home, I met my father ...
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Is "as well as" a preposition here or conjunction?

A short passage from a book piqued my interest: Nevertheless, it is this third line of argument which offers the most hope, by bringing us into a largely unexplored area of moral philosophy which has ...
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Should there be a comma before "and" in this sentence?

There should be opposing viewpoints so that discussion can take multiple turns AND people can finally reach a solution that neutralizes both viewpoints. Should there be a comma before "and" ...
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Should I answer a question asking for reason with "because" or with "that"? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the correct way to answer a question asking for a reason. I've searched here and the net but not been able to find the answer, probably because I do not how to search correctly. I'...
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What part of speech is "not" when it takes the place of a conjunction?

What part of speech is "not" in the following sentences, and why? I made him do it, not her. To solve a linear system neatly is only the primary and most straightforward use of the matrix, ...
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Is it remains unchanged or remain unchanged in a conjunction sentence?

I'm writing a bullet point in a presentation. I want to say: Our partner and customer commitment remains unchanged. However, it feels like it reads better if I change it to: Our partner and ...
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Use of 'that' in 'The morality of Buddhism is essentially that of the Upanishads except in the matter of forbidding sacrifice.' [closed]

Could anyone help me understand the use of 'that' in the below sentence? (I took this example from an old book) The morality of Buddhism is essentially that of the Upanishads except in the matter of ...
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Should there be a comma after the word "and" in this sentence with a subordinate and indendant clause after the word "and"?

I believe I've got the proper comma placements for these two sentences: "The ball fell to the ground, and he caught it after it bounced." "After it bounced, he caught it." ...
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Can we drop repetitive conjunctions, such as in "if X and if Y"?

I wonder if we join two sentences with the same conjunctions (if, when, because, etc.), can we use the conjunction only once in the combined sentence? For example, if I combine the two sentences below:...
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Should you use a conjuncton in a question? [closed]

Example: What do you think of this as I was going to buy it? Alternative I suspect is correct: What do you think of this? I was going to buy it. I wanted to see if I can word it as a single ...
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Parallel structure [A as well as B]

He wants to know how to keep in touch with her as well as how to get her attention. The sentence above has the correlative conjungction [A as well as B]. Here, A and B should have a parallel structure,...
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In "Jack will come to mother's house and will come to father's house so long as X", does "so long as…" apply to both preceding conditions?

I need to interpret the following sentence: With regard to Christmas this year, Jack will come to mother's house and will come to father's house so long as Jill does not have Covid. Does the "...
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What does "but" mean in this context? [duplicate]

This context comes from the movie Gangs Of New York by Martin Scorese. Take him for a boat ride, John. Who knows, but he might save your life again. (The person speaking knows that John's life was ...
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Correct usage of I've

Understandably "I've" is a very versatile conjunction, however I have found it being used increasingly more as a possessive. I think in proper English this is unacceptable, but not so sure ...
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Style/usage with conjunctions

A) The modelling data can be reintroduced if needed, for example, if a new variant of concern arises. B)The modelling data can be reintroduced if needed if a new variant of concern arises. If for ...
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Is the use of "an" to mean "if" an invention of fantasy writers?

I've just read Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede, and the author has her characters speak in a vaguely Shakespearean manner, presumably to add atmosphere. In particular, her characters use ...
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Why can't we use commas in this sentence before "and"? [duplicate]

I'm helping a student with writing a story in English. She wrote the following sentence. "She stopped to take a picture of a little yellow duck, which someone (probably a child) had drawn with ...
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Conjunction at the end of a neither / nor list to mean "in order to"

My German wife recently came up with this sentence while we were practicing English: Yes, sorry I'm neither born in the 1900 or read an old Shakespeare, to know any old English word My natural ...
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Can all coordinating conjunctions be used to connect nouns, adjectives, etc. as well as clauses?

To the best of my knowledge, there are seven coordinating conjunctions only five of which can connect nouns, phrases, adjectives, and clauses. That's what they are said to do: connect those things. ...
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Use of the conjunction "so" at the start of a sentence, without relation to anything said before [duplicate]

I have recently noticed that some people nowadays are using the word "so" at the start of a sentence. For example - there is currently a question on the Law site which begins: So I live in ...
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"What I want is that X do(es) something" vs. "What I want is for X to do something"

Example Alice: What do you want? Bob: Do you know what I want? What I want is ... that Peter makes the phone call (that + present simple) that Peter make the phone call (that + present subjunctive) ...
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The meaning of as + adj + as + noun + to be?

As serious as the problem was, no one paid enough attention to it. I want the above sentence to mean: although the problem was very serious, no one paid enough attention to it. Does the structure “as ...
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