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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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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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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 qualified ...
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"Handsome is as handsome does," and the puzzling use of "as"

When I saw the film Forrest Gump, I first heard the expression “Stupid is as stupid does,” and inferred that (to Forrest, at least) it meant something like “Don’t judge me stupid because of my words, ...
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Coordinating conjunction right before a subordinate clause

How should the following sentence be formatted? The beagles lost the game, but, because of their excellent attempt, they won our hearts. The beagles lost the game, but because of their excellent ...
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English comparative words (than, so, as, and maybe like): why are they so weird?

I promise this is an actual, answerable question. But I want to explain myself when I call these specific words "weird"; English is so often "exceptional" that referring to any particular part of it ...
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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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Is though in the following sentence used correctly as a conjunction?

Albert Einstein is often considered the most original scientist of the modern age. Even he, though, acknowledged his reliance on the work of others, such Emmy Noether. I have trouble understanding ...
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Using "since" instead of "because"

I want to use the word since as because, but I don't know if I can add the word 'then' after it. For example, is the sentence 'since we have A and B, then there is no need for you to get C' correct? ...
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Should there be a space before and after an ampersand when writing numerals?

How should one write "one and two" in short form - 1&2 or 1 & 2? Are there any particular rules regarding this? In context: You may choose to do Information Technology Units [1&2/1 &...
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Replacing "and" with comma

EB size and structure is known to influence differentiation potential, and the microwell system provides a robust, efficient method of producing EBs of any size or shape. I've seen many sentences in ...
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Compound-Complex Comma Usage

I couldn't find this question on here, and I've tried scouring the Internet, but to no avail. It's quite possible I'm just not searching with the appropriate keywords. The question is regarding comma ...
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Is the construction "[only/merely/just + infinitive]" grammatical?

Consider this sentence: I am not going to the dinner, merely to the cocktail hour. Is this grammatical? Why? It's a little like a coordinating conjunction, except that the elements aren't parallel --...
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(Rather than) as a conjunction

It is said that, as a conjunction, the two constructions on each side of (rather than) must be parallel. So can this phrase join two sentences like this? (I know there are better ways of doing it) I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Omission of the noun in the second sentence of two sentences joined by a conjunction like "and"

First, I want to make clear that I'm not a native English speaker. So this question may seem too easy for native English speakers, but it is quite difficult to definitively answer for me. I have seen, ...
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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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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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without X and without Y

I want to express absence of 2 things. For example: It was a pretty day without rain and without snow. Logically: (not X) and (not Y), which is equivalent to: not (X or Y) Therefore, I guess the ...
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Will+inf+before+present perfect weird structure?

I just saw this sentence and I didn't get it, The children will dust all the furniture before their mother has finished cooking. I do get the cooking and the dusting, I just don't know when will/...
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What is the meaning of 'but' in this sentence?

What is the meaning of 'but' in this sentence? "Remember the lady who moved across the hall? So I get into the elevator today and who else gets in but her!" What does the 'but' mean here, and how ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why isn’t this instance of “so” preceded by a comma even though it’s beginning a new independent clause?

William Strunk writes in the 1914 edition of his Elements of Style: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. ... Two-part sentences of which the second member ...
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coordinating conjunctions with commas between multiple dependent clauses (rules/ usage)

Joining multiple clauses in a single sentence using comma? Was a question on the other site, but he's chaining multiple dependent clauses with 'which'. But in contrast with that question: using ...
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What conjunction is used with "comparative analysis"?

It is certain that after the phrase comparative analysis the preposition of follows and that after the first element compared the conjuction and is usually used. But can the conjunction and be ...
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How do you understand this sentence as a native English speaker?

I and my colleague, we tried a photo app. After taking a photo, there's a "Cancel" button. A popup says "Are you sure you want to delete the photo before sharing it" is shown when you choose "Cancel". ...
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Is "But if" a subordinating conjunction?

Take Tennyson's poem Flower In The Crannied Wall for an example. Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower—but if ...
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Meaning of "as if so gentle that you could not see" in a poem by Keats

On a Picture of Leander, by Keats: Come hither, all sweet maidens soberly, Down-looking aye, and with a chasten'd light, Hid in the fringes of your eyelids white, And meekly let your fair ...
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Can we omit "as" with verbs like "to classify"

For example, can we say "It has been classified a threat" in colloquial English, or do we have to use 'as'? Second question: Is the question title correct? I'm not sure if that "with" is correct.
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Articles before nouns and "or" conjunction

I am trying to understand the correct use of articles before nouns that are separated by "or". For example. It doesn't matter whether you are a mobile or a frontend developer .... Or it should ...
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Omit the subject after a conjunction in negative sentence?

I suppose these two sentences are equivalent: I did A and I did B. I did A and B. So in the case of I didn't do A, but I did B. Can I use: I didn't do A but B(past tense). Or: I did B but not A....
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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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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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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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Can "as well as" be a conjunction?

Can as well as be a conjunction that connects two independent sentences? The reference to the relevant rules and similar threads would be much appreciated. The training program will be introduced ...
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Why is a comma used in the sentence "Jack has been studying zebras since 1972, when he started the famous Animal Center"?

Why is there a comma in this sentence? Jack has been studying zebras since 1972, when he started the famous Animal Center. Isn’t the first clause independent, and isn’t when a subordinating ...
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Confusion in the usage of the conjunction word "that"

I read an article on the National Geographic website: In this sentence: We reach the water and I try to swim – but the water is so salty I just float on the surface. Cannot we use "that" ...
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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two or more 'and' in the same sentence

Different traders and poultry and fish farms located across the country comprise the client-base of the business. In the above sentence, two 'and'were used to separate two groups of clients; one is ...
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Past simple and pluperfect with “before”

Which of the following is correct? “I had learned to sing before I learned to dance.” “I learned to sing before I had learned to dance.” “I learned to sing before I learned to dance.” I think only ...
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"yet" meaning "nonetheless|nevertheless" with the clause-positional freedom of "nonetheless|nevertheless" in contemporary spoken English, Br vs Am

I was talking with a friend about a book she was reading (British author, 1930s) whose opening sentence was structured along the following lines (the emphasis of my analogue is on the meaning and ...
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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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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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