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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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