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Questions tagged [correlative-conjunctions]

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Can both “that”-s be dropped in “Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned”? [closed]

Can both that-s be dropped in "Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned"? Is this grammatical: "Here's the email he sent I mentioned"?
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What are the exceptions for comma splice rule? [duplicate]

I understand that if two independent sentences are connected with a comma but without a conjunction it is considered a comma splice. Recently I have seen the below sentence in a book and to me it ...
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Did Russell make a grammatical mistake here? “…both that China had … and had…”

This is a sentence from Bertrand Russell' work. Notice that the sub-clauses following both ... and ... do not exactly match. I wonder if Russell made a grammatical mistake here. I was impressed by ...
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Parallelism in “whether… or not” sentence

We have an exercise on parallelism involving rewriting sentences correctly; there's this one sentence I'm unsure as how to rewrite. Mother cannot decide whether she will allow Cecil to attend the ...
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Does every “whether” have to be followed by an “or”? [duplicate]

Does every whether have to be followed by an or? That is, is whether a correlative conjunction which requires or as a counterpart, or is whether able to stand alone with a single possibility?
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parallelism correlative conjunctions gapping preposition

My question is about this sentence: 1) correct: "The beauty of the desert lies not in its lushness, but in its isolation." 2) wrong: "The beauty of the desert lies not in its lushness, but its ...
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Using subjunctive form in Comparative-Correlatives

Is it possible to use subjunctive form in a comparative correlative (The+the) clause? For example, is the below sentence correct? The closer the objects be to each-other, the more beautiful the ...
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Parallelism using “as,” “nor,” “or,” and “neither… nor”

Am I using correct parallelism in the following sentence? They say the place where you are born is not a choice, as it is not the family into which you are born. If the above sentence uses correct ...
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Future Tense - necessary or not?

Is it correct to write the following sentence: Maybe some of you are interested and find the time to look at it before the training day. Or do I have to use the will-future in the second part of the ...
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parallel structure - in a “rather than” structure

I am doing some researches to understand clearly the usage of rather than. However I found myself even more confused by some peripheral stuff. In this post (Past tense and "rather than"), ...
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Where, if anywhere, do commas belong in a “not only… but” sentence in which the “but” clause appears in mid-sentence?

I tried to find this rule explicitly on several grammar sites, but did not find it. A "not only" sentence does not normally need a comma as the "not only" and "but also" are correlative pairs. So "...
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Finding Cue words

In generalizing what I have learned from Japanese "conjugations" I learned quite a bit. I have come to the realization that the same verb forms ARE present in English although English uses cue words ...
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Using the word “whether” instead of “which”

Can I use the word "whether" instead of "which" as in the following sentence? "How to Decide Whether to Use Product A or Product B" (this is a heading) I would usually write it as "How to Decide ...
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“Not only . . . but (also)” correlative conjunction question

The amount of jobs that have been transferred out of state in the past five years is staggering; not only manufacturing jobs but white-collar ones have moved as well. Is this appropriate usage of the ...
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Not only … but also

Is it fine to split correlative conjunctions as in the case below? Author’s study of the friendship relations of international doctoral students thus not only fills a glaring research gap. It is also ...
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Salutation for two doctors (not married)

Does use of the salutation Dear Drs. Apple and Banana, imply that Dr. Apple is married to Dr. Banana? That is, would it be better form to use: Dear Dr. Apple and Dr. Banana, when Dr. Apple ...
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Poetic syntax with “as” and “so”

Does anyone know how to describe the type of poetic syntax of the line: "As the deer panteth for the water / So my soul longeth after thee" or something to that effect. I'm not sure if this would ...
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How to use the “not only . . . but also” construction? [closed]

I’m trying to create the following phrase: It is important not only to ____ but also to ____ in general. But the way I’ve written it above doesn’t sound that good to me. Since I’m not a native ...
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Is this 'neither' a determiner?

However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. (Harry Potter book 1, p213) However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge nor truth. As I’m accustomed to ‘neither~nor’ ...
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Either and vs. Either or

(1) In this question on math.SE a question about the meaning of 'either' before a list which ends with 'and'. The meaning of either a, b, c, or d is from this answer sort of clear in that it means a ...
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Equivalent of “both” when referring to three or more items?

What would be the correct word to use when referring to three or more items, in the same manner as the word both? For example, using two words, with the word both: "There are several ...
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What defines a correlative?

I have come across a number of expressions (both...and..., if...then...) which are named as "correlative" in different grammars (namely Quirk et al.). The question: What makes an expression a ...