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"one or other": correct or incorrect?

The following two sentences are taken from A comprehensive grammar of the English language by R. Quirk et al.: "He saw one or other of the men." "All of the compounds to be listed in this section are ...
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Question on the use of 'but'

I would like to ask a question about the use of the conjunction 'but' in a specific sentence. Before I ask the question, I shall provide some context (for otherwise this answer will be closed). ...
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"...the person or body who..." vs. "...the person or body which..."

When referring to both natural and non-natural persons (i.e. organisations) at the same time, is it appropriate to use 'which' or 'who'? For example: 1. '... request the person or body who has the ...
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Is it ever grammatically correct to say "And you, my."

If it is acceptable to answer I love you. with And I you. which we could represent as: And I love you. Would it be acceptable to answer: You're my hero. with And you my. in other words: And ...
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How to understand "and" here [duplicate]

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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Commas after a coordinating conjunction

I know that one puts a comma before a coordinating conjunction when there are two independent clauses. However, in the following sentence, when the phrase in non-essential, would one put a comma ...
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Two 'and's in a title [duplicate]

I have written a paper which I have titled in the format Adjective1 and Adjective2 Noun1 and Noun2. Both adjectives modify only Noun1. The two nouns are inherently not related and the point of the ...
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Can we use a comma before "and" if it precedes a dependent clause?

Here is an example from Longman dictionary, We are new to the London area, and would like to eat in restaurants or visit pubs with others. My question is that since the second clause "would like ...
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'For' is a coordinating conjunction, but 'because' is a subordinating conjunction. Is that right? Can someone explain why?

He went to bed, for he was tired. (For = coordinating conjunction) He went to bed, because he was tired. (Because = subordinating conjunction) Is this correct? If so, I'm confused. In all the examples ...
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Can subordinate conjunctions in some cases act as coordinate conjunctions?

I'll just mention a simple example to make myself clear. English Rules suggest that a Compound Sentence can be formed using the following structures: 1.) [Independent Clause] , coordinate conj. [...
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Improper placement of a comma

Consider the following sentence, "Skye will become a doctor, and a priest if he finishes theology school." My understanding is that the comma before the "and" does not follow the ...
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Question about parallel structures

One of the tasks that we have to do on PTE exam is to paraphrase a writtent text. I have prepared a template for myslef which is While the impacts of N and N such as N and N are important, the effects ...
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Neither (conjuntion): before the first of two or more coordinates or clauses linked by 'nor'

When either is used as a conjunction, no paraphrase with any is available, and so either is unexceptionable even when it applies to more than two clauses: Either the union will make a counteroffer or ...
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"I think therefore I am" parataxis?

Is the sentence "I think therefore I am" a case of parataxis (joining sentences without a conjunction)?
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Does a coordinate clause include a coordinator (/coordinating conjunction)?

Does a coordinate clause include a coordinator (/coordinating conjunction)? For example: "It was apple-blossom time, and the days were getting warmer." Is "and the days were getting ...
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A series of 4 elements, which can be considered as 2 series of 2 elements

Below is a sentence from the manual about naming files that I'm working on. Avoid including words that are clear from the parent path (2011), the file type (presentation), are obvious for some other ...
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"The X and (the) Y": When should I repeat the definite article?

I am a bit confused about the rule of setting the definite article in a sentence when it is associated to two nouns. The beginning and end of the channel. The beginning and the end of the ...
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Is it possible to have an interrogative after an imperative connected with coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence?

I know rephrasing, using semicolon, or just splitting it into two sentences are probably the possible options here (the best choice, however, is my side question). Consider the following as examples: ...
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How to determine whether "and" or "or" is correct when listing excluded entities?

As an example, a road sign might say: No trucks and buses Or perhaps: No trucks or buses Which one is correct and why?
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How are multiple properties of the same thing properly described?

I am sorry but I could not come up with a better way of describing what I am trying to achieve in this sentence: As such, their creation should follow a rationale and their interpretation be ...
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Are "Yet" and "However" synonymous?

It is quite common to use "yet" and "however" in contrastive constructions, but l am not certain if they have the same sense. John failed. Yet, he's tried his best. John failed. ...
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What great writers have used coordinating conjunctions at the start of sentences?

I had a discussion today with a friend over the validity of using (coordinating, correlative) conjunctions like but or and at the start of sentences. His position was that it breaks a rule of grammar....
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How should I punctuate "Dave and Sarah, and Fred and Jane"?

Dave and Sarah, and Fred and Jane Should there be a comma and if there should be, is it in the correct place?
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Is it “Macaroni, cheese, and steak” or “Macaroni and cheese and steak”?

I want to list two things: "macaroni and cheese" and "steak". It should be clear that "macaroni and cheese" is one item. Because "macaroni and cheese" has a ...
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Coordinating conjunctions between different pairs that are close to each other

I'd like to write a sentence with the following "logical structure": I ' can ,-----------'-------------, ...
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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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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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Which is the correct usage of "and" in American English in this example? [duplicate]

Scenario 1 A series of unfortunate events has led Makoto "Edamame" Edamura to adopt the life of crime—pickpocketing and scamming others for a living. However, after swindling a seemingly ...
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Using an present-participle verb as conjunction?

Seeking feedback on the validity of this sentence, which tries to use the present-participle "helping" as a kind of conjunction: (company name) is the best marketing platform helping teams ...
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Is ";so," an acceptable grammar structure?

For a while, I've been using "so" with a semicolon. For example, I would say, "I like bugs; so, I went to the bug convention happily." I've always thought of the semicolon as a ...
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Using 'for' as a coordinating conjunction at the beginning of a sentence – is this acceptable?

As I understand it, 'for' is a coordinating conjunction. Learning German as a second language has taught me specifics about reforming sentences, but it is an awful lot less common in English. If I ...
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"There was/were my brother and two sisters?

"There was [or were?] my brother and two sisters, hugging and tears streaming." I've come across a sentence while editing, and I don't know whether to use "was" or "were." The object of the "be"-verb ...
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Coordinating privilege as a verb

Simple question, I'm sure, but I'm having trouble finding an answer. I'm writing a methodology and want to say "I will privilege [this theory] over [another]." I can't find any instances of the ...
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Comma before and is always necessary?

The most drastic, and thoroughly illegal, reaction has been the emergence of Sci-Hub, a kind of global photocopier for scientific papers, set up in 2012 by a Khazak graduate student, which now claims ...
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Commas after coordinating conjunctions at the beginning of a sentence?

I asked a question like this before, but I didn't give my reasoning. I'm asking about the comma after "and," "but," "or," "then." I have the idea that if you begin a sentence with either one of those ...
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Comma in coordinating conjunction that includes an if-clause

On the basis of this Q&A, I understand that my example sentence is a coordinating conjunction; however, I can't seem to figure out the relationship between the first clause, and the if-clause. ...
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Coordinating conjunction for connecting list items

In compliance with the Oxford comma when listing three or more items a comma is used between the items and before and. What if in a list of three items two of them have a word in common (edge ...
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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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Distribution of auxiliary verb over infinitives

I have a doubt regarding the use of auxiliary verb. When we use an auxiliary verb in a sentence , and suppose it does two tasks and we join them using ,say, 'and' , Is there a need for us to repeat ...
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What are the criteria for allowing repeated bare NPs in coordinate structures?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Pages 409-410): 8.5 Restricted non-referential interpretations of bare NPs [...] This time, however, our concern is with bare NPs. We confine our ...
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Can a sentence start with "just so I/he/she/you/they can"?

I did the standard Google search and I checked Merriam-Webster. I found questions about starting a sentence with conjunctions such as "and" or "but". No joy for "just so [pronoun] can [verb]." Looking ...
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Comma or semicolon between independent clauses that have internal commas and that are joined by a coordinating conjunction

In high school I learned that when joining two independent clauses where either contained a comma I should always use a semicolon before the coordinating conjunction. For example, If Alice had known ...
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Comma before conjunction

"As I saw it, the relationship between a typical African and his dog is one of tangible mutualism. I say tangible because the African sees himself as the dominant creature not to be bothered by the ...
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"Though I recruited him, I do not like him." versus "Though I do not like him, I recruited him."

Is there a difference between Though I recruited him, I do not like him. and Though I do not like him, I recruited him. I always wondered if with subordinate conjunctions, the place "though", "...
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Duplicate auxiliary verbs in a sentence (may we / should we delete the second?)

What is a general rule for use of auxiliary verbs in sentence? Should we duplicate it or not? For instance, It is available for every item and (is) used with . . .
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What's the proper grammar for "My and my roommate's home..."?

What's the proper grammar for "My and my roommate's home..." The rule I learned is it should still be grammatically correct after removing the second part. E.g. after removing "and my roommate's", "...
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Can the coordinating conjunction 'yet' follow a subordinating conjunction?

Is it grammatically permissible by the rules of Standard English for the coordinating conjunction ‘yet’ to follow a subordinating conjunction? For example, take the sentence: Although it is early, ...
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Should there be a comma before “so” in the following sentence?

Consider the following sentence. JS-- is an optimizing compiler for the good parts of JavaScript, which helps programmers write efficient and type-safe code so they can develop better quality ...

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