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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Comma usage in complex sentences with 2 conjuctions

TL;DR - Can we use 2 commas if there are 2 conjunctions in a sentence. Hi Everyone, I apologize if this has been asked before, but I need to know if the comma usage in the following sentence is ...
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Is “yet ” in “are yet to” an adverb or a conjunction? Or this three letters can count as an adverb? conjunction?

1."They did not anticipate any odd probability of the horror that they were yet to face." Is "yet" in the sentence an adverb or a conjunction?
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How can I shorten a clause that shares a structure similar to the clause that comes before?

I would like to know how I can shorten the second clause in the following situation Paris is the capital of France and Rome is the capital of Italy. I do not want to duplicate the part is the ...
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What is the appropriate usage of 'that is'

In this page: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/11/google-photos-kills-off-unlimited-storage-policy-moving-forward/ the caption under Figure 1 is: Google is no longer offering unlimited photo ...
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double and's in list and commas

I would like to know if the following sentence is correctly written. The reason I am asking is that I write in British English so do not put a comma before 'and' (that comes before the last item) in a ...
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Why do you only conjugate the first verb? [duplicate]

You don't get to see your sister cry. Why don't you conjugate the verb cry (...your sister cries)? Is it because is it the second verb (if that's the case, what is that rule called?) or is there ...
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Are there too many conjuctions in the sentence?

Although some studies find that hosting refugees may be economically beneficial because of their participation in the local economy, the largest benefits are in the long-term, whereas hosting costs ...
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What is the meaning of this sentences?

Perceptions of threat are hypothesized to be influenced by one’s own vulnerability, and thus to be greater among those individuals who are experiencing more difficult economic conditions or ...
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Does a modifier before a conjunction like `and` apply to both the subjects of `and`?

Suppose I have the following sentence: a work is classical by reason of its resistance to contemporaneity and supposed universality How should one go about comprehending the bold part in it? Which ...
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Can I use two conjunctions in one sentence?

I learned that if I use two conjunctions in one sentence, I need at least three separated sentences. (subject+verb conjunction subject+verb conjunction subject+verb.) For the wages of sin is death, ...
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Sentence with doubtful syntax

A sentence that does not seem right on account of syntax Not only are verbs largely uninflected in English, but also nouns, pronouns and adjectives. This sentence seems very unusual although it is ...
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Does it matter whether as goes at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence?

As Sam only watched TV all day, he got low marks on the test. Tom got high marks on the test as he studied English a lot. Apparently, one of these sentences has 'as' in the wrong position. Both ...
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Is “that” a relative pronoun, a conjunction, or something else in “I know that…”? [closed]

I'm probably overthinking this, but I can't seem to be able to identify the function of the word "that" in the sentence "I know that...". For the sake of an example, let's use the ...
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Usage of 'Because of' with health/illness

I got two sentences that sound similar and correct in some sense. One of them however should be wrong: "I accompanied him here because his health was not good at that time." "I ...
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Can we use “Not only, but too” instead of "Not only, but also,?

I am wondering about the use of "Not only, but too" instead of "Not only, but also.? For example: The candidates campaigned not only in Perth but in Darwin too. and is it formal to ...
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declared as or declared

The sentence is :- Supreme Court can declare the parliamentary laws as unconstitutional. Do we have to use 'as' in the aforementioned sentence. What's the difference if we use it vs when we don't?
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Nary an X or/nor a Y

It is a well-known rule of English grammar that either takes or and neither takes nor. Nary comes from the phrase "ne'er a" and is considered a non-standard variant of not, e.g.: Nary a ...
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Comma splices correction

Which one is correct? In the Middle Age a lord’s intricate wall hangings were more than mere tapestries ; they were and were a measure of his consequence and wealth.
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Neither-nor, usage of neither-nor with verb [closed]

Which one is correct? 1. Neither anything changed nor we were informed. 2. Neither changed anything nor were we informed.
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Conjunctions, commas, and multiple sentences

I've browsed a lot on the Internet and couldn't find the answer on how to use commas on the next examples. Probably, it's because I don't know how these constructions are called? I'd appreciate some ...
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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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