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Connectors and Coordinating Conjunctions. Connector FOR

After FOR (as Coordinating Conjunction) could be a -ING verb ? I know after FOR can be a clause with Subject, verb and complements for example: I asked him to stop, FOR I had something important to ...
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Disecting a sentence with the coodinating conjunction “or”

The sentence: "The token has passed a third-party review or security audit that deems it as safe, or be using a well-known audited framework" Does "third-party" only count for "review", or does "...
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Low-level “and” versus top-level “and”

Here is an imaginary situation: I'm an owner of a small bookstore, just opened. We don't have any fiction books; only the mathematics and physics ones. Some of our books are about math only, some - ...
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Does 'Then' after 'And' require a comma?

I was writing a compound sentence, that required a 'Then' after the coordinating conjunction. I was wondering if the 'Then' needed a comma before and after it, such as thus: "It is best to review ...
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Who is lost in thought in “I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, but sat lost in thought…”? [closed]

I'd like someone to clear up the sentence that seems ambiguous to me. It's from "The problem of the Thor Bridge" by Conan Doyle. I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, ...
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“And” vs “Or” in a list with a negative modifier

If a given set of instructions says, for example: Failure to complete assignments A, B, and C will result in punishment. Does that indicate that failure to do all of those assignments and only all ...
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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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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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Can we use "Since…, thus… as a grammatically valid sentence?

I am wondering if below sentence (and in general, all similar sentences) is grammatically correct and semantically meaningful: Since I have graduated from school, thus I should find a job.
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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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Correct or not: noun and adjective being predicative together

I'm thinking about such a sentence: He is a lawyer, arrogant and smart. or He is an idiot, arrogant and short-sighted. Please note that here I just want to list the noun and the ...
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Nonrestrictive Clauses and Coordinating conjunction separating two independent clauses

Quick, not so simple question. I know that, if you join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (like "and"), you need a comma before the coordinating conjunction. For example: I ...
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When do I use “I” instead of “me?”

From some comments in the answers for common English usage mistakes (now deleted, 10k only), there's confusion around the usage of I vs. me: While the sentence, "the other attendees are myself and ...
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I <verb> and am <rest of sentence>

I sometimes find myself writing something like this: XXX is a project I admire and am very interested in. The "I <verb> and am <something>" feels strange here. It somehow sounds more ...
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Comma or no in a two item list where those items are phrases

I am editing some copy, and I'm not sure how to handle these examples. Here is the structure that concerns me: As a consequence of the magic curse, the cakes dance the salsa[,] and the birds eat ...
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Is it “John or Mary's house” or “John's or Mary's house”?

I understand that if John and Mary own a house together, it is John and Mary's house. If they jointly owned multiple houses, they would be John and Mary's houses. I also understand that if John and ...
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Plural Possessive (With Mom and Dad's Love) [duplicate]

What is the best way to say "With Mom and Dad's Love" With Mom and Dad's Love With Mom's and Dad's Love Option 1 sounds better, but I guess you could interpret that as Mom the person and Dad's love.
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“What are Liam and Noel's jobs?” versus “What are Liam's and Noel's jobs?” [duplicate]

This question is about use of the group genitive versus joint possessives in a phrase and/or list. Where two or more distinct persons, animals, etc., are in the genitive, the group genitive ...
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“Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X”

Which option is grammatical? There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni’s and Alice Walker’s writings. There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker's writings. Saying it out ...
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Can “then” be used as a coordinating conjunction?

Can the word "then" be used as a coordinating conjunction? I am confused, because the word seems as if it works as a coordinating conjunction, but I did not see it is classified so. The Cambridge ...
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Singular or plural verb after a list with multiple “every”s?

Which sentence is correct? Every apple, every orange, and every pear is good for you. Every apple, every orange, and every pear are good for you.
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Do I have to repeat the same subject after “and” when introducing a new verb?

I’ve got a question about how to write this sentence with and: You don’t need and you mustn’t forget Versus: You don’t need and mustn’t forget. Which of those is well written? Is it ...
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You and Ted's dinner conversation tonight

This was addressed to a family regarding what they should talk about at dinner that night. Should "you" be "your"? What is the rule?
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Difference between BUT and YET

We perceive a difference between "but" and "yet"; that is, they're not perfectly interchangeable. So how can the difference be defined, anyway? They're both conjunctions. I was trying to explain to ...
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The double “for”

The last thing I wanted to have happen was for some to become upset and for cold feelings to come within us and ruin our will to cooperate. Is the second "for", before "cold", required?
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Can a conjuction prevent run-on sentences without punctuation?

I understand that run-on sentences join independent clauses without a word to connect them or a punctuation mark to separate them, but can a connecting word suffice to prevent a sentence from running ...
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Can “ comma + and” be part of a non-restrictive clause?

Companies have competed with each other, providing better services, and have done so, while keeping costs low. Is the sentence above correct? I know that when there is a "comma + one of the FANBOYS" ...
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Punctuation and grammar “is important” or “are important”?

Should it be: Punctuation and grammar is important. or should it be: Punctuation and grammar are important. Does it make any difference in the following sentence: Both punctuation as well ...
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David’s friendly demeanour, brilliant sense of humour and warmth, “make” or “makes” you feel right at home. [duplicate]

Should I use make or makes in the following sentence? David’s friendly demeanour, brilliant sense of humour and warmth, make you feel right at home. I say make, but my friend says makes.
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Coordination of nouns with determiners

These sentences are from some data set used for evaluating programs that automatically process languages, but I am doubtful about their grammaticality. (1) A man and woman are talking (2) The boy and ...
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Is “if you need help or having trouble” correct?

Well, I have been struggling with this for a while now. My friend wrote a piece of documentation for his software, in which he included this sentence: This repository contains [software name] API ...
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“Neither them nor us” vs “Neither they nor we”

Which is correct? "Neither them nor us went to the show." or "Neither they nor we went to the show." I think the second because Neither is the subject and so it should be in the nominative.
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coordinating conjunction and (with comma)…?

coordinating conjunctions? Do I have to put the comma before "and" here? a) In 2007, I moved to New York, and Peter moved to Berlin. b) I created a code, and in each of them are numbers. c) ...
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“I want you to know how much your effort, time, and work {are/is} appreciated.” [duplicate]

What kind of verb we should use after some uncountable nouns separated by commas as the subject of our sentence? In the following example do we need is or are? I want you to know how much your ...
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“Attached {is/are} X, Y and Z.” If X, Y and Z are all singular, is it correct to use “is” here?

Which is correct? Attached are our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. Attached is our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. I thought because ...
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In the table, water usage in Brazil and America “is compared” or “are compared”? Which one is correct?

Which of the following sentences is correct? In the table, water usage in Brazil and America is compared. or In the table, water usage in Brazil and America are compared.
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“What {is/are} the meaning and connotations of this phrase?” Which is correct here, “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Consider the question: What is/are the meaning and connotations of this phrase? Clearly you would say: What is the meaning of this phrase? What are connotations of this phrase? and ...
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can “and therefore” be acceptable in the following sentence?

In my view, children and adults cannot be seen as identical in the eyes of the law, and therefore age must be taken into account when punishing offenders. As and is a coordinator and therefore is a ...
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“…We can only lose, and our love become a funeral pyre.” - distributed modal verb or subjunctive?

From The Doors, Light My Fire. The lines are: "Try now, we can only lose And our love become a funeral pyre." I would never hold their lyrics up as great writing, but I have always wondered exactly ...
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Between you and (“me” or “I”)? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "between you and me" or "between you and I"? I am not a native English speaker, so please bear with me.
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Do compound subjects like “everyone … and everyone…” take singular or plural verb agreement?

Here are the examples of compound subjects: Everything on the bed and everything in the closet was organised in under an hour. Everybody who witnessed the shooting and everybody in the room ...
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Grammatical number of compound subjects with indefinite pronouns [duplicate]

Nobody from the Police Department and nobody from the Fire Department is/are going to the rescue. Which verb agreement is grammatical or preferable for other reasons? Similar examples: ...
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“Here is Mrs. Johnson and her husband” or “Here are Mrs. Johnson and her husband”?

Which of these sentences is correct? Here are Mrs. Johnson and her husband. Here is Mrs. Johnson and her husband. Both are listed as correct in an English textbook - but is that really the truth? ...
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“…my passion for teaching and my knowledge of the English language makes me” or “…make me…”?

I am working on my resume. I don’t know if I should use make instead of makes in this sentence. I believe that my passion for teaching and my knowledge of the English language makes me an ideal ...
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The nuance between “and so do I” and “but so do l”

I am not an native English speaker; I am therefore often perplexed by analogies between synonyms or phrases. Here's a question I occasionally came up with, and I wonder whether they both are ...
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What form of the verb is used with compound subjects containing “or”?

We always get work done, regardless of what mood Bill or I is/am/are in. Which form of 'be' would be used here?
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Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”?

When the phrase is used as an object, why so many native speakers are saying "you and I" instead of "you and me"? I'm not a native speaker but I thought "you and me" is correct. Not sure if this falls ...
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In this example, is the correct usage 'she' or 'her'? [closed]

In this example, is the correct usage 'she' or 'her'? Jenny administers the second high-dose adrenaline shot and her and Bron change places on the table. Chest compressions are tiring, so they ...
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Singular verb after two noun phrases joined by “and” that can be thought of as a single thing

I am having trouble with the following sentence: "The complexity and diversity of the new platforms is worrying us." If "complexity" and "diversity" constitute two subjects, then the verb should ...
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“But” usage grammar

I read the below sentence somewhere. I think it's not making sense. "But" is contradicting the earlier said clause. "He is dead, this is what the police is concluding after searching for him across ...