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Why are anywhere, everywhere, somewhere and nowhere determiners?

The post was edited. The present question was a tangent to the original question, so please excuse the windy logic. In The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Huddleston and Pullum (2002) ...
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Are FANBOYS the ONLY coordinating conjunctions that can coordinate two independent clauses? Are there any others? [duplicate]

I wanted clarification on exactly which coordinating conjunctions can take independent clauses. This question rose when I looked up the definition of because in some dictionary. That dictionary said ...
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Grammatical Structure of Complex Sentence

The Sentence in Question The legal “theories” of democracy that evolved in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were precisely intended to provide such definitions as would link certain actual or ...
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for/and/so: Are all three of those conjunctions equally acceptable in this situation?

I’m trying to connect two different clauses, each with its own subject and tensed verb, but I don’t know when to use one conjunction instead of another to do so. To summarize, I know that: And = ...
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Omitting 'for NP' in 'for NP to VP'

(1) He waited (for her) to be released. Here, the construction for her can be left out without affecting the acceptability, only the semantic subject of be released is now he without for her. Almost ...
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What is the correct structure to use in a sentence containing 'once' as the subordinate conjunction? [closed]

In a sentence containing a conjunction, what are the correct verb forms to be used in the two clauses? For example: I would also suggest that once all these items are established, they must be added ...
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How to identify the form and function of the word "that"?

I understand that "that" can be either a relative pronoun or a subordinating conjunction, I just don't understand when. I know that both of these create dependent clauses, and I am pretty ...
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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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"I did not go out because it was raining"—how could one disambiguate this sentence? [closed]

"I did not go out because it was raining" is ambiguous, with at least two interpretations. It could simply mean I did not go out because it was raining (and, therefore, a bad time to head ...
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“Based on” X, we can say Y?

Based on the evidence available, I’m not sure I can conclude anything. We often say that X is based on Y to mean X is grounded in, or adapted from, Y. But can we use it as above as if it were a sort ...
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Is "because" a preposition & "for" a subordinator?

CGEL included a wide variety in the category of preposition (but not "BECAUSE"). But some people say that 'for' can be a subordinating conjunction (subordinator) as 'meaningless marker of ...
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Can prepositions be 'subordinators'?

"For her to lose the election would make me very happy." What I think is that here "For her to lose the election" is an infinitival non-finite subordinate clause & "for&...
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How : neither a relative pronoun nor a relative adverb

Relative pronoun : who, whom, whose, which, that Relative adverb : when, where, why Is "how" neither a relative pronoun nor a relative adverb? Is 'how' only a subordinating conjunction in a ...
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Are Relative pronouns or Relative adverbs Subordinating Conjunctions?

"It is a song that my mother taught me." This sentence consists of : (1) a main clause : "It is a song". (2) a subordinate/dependent clause : "that my mother taught me". (3) A relative pronoun or a ...
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CMS: The Curious Case of "Because of"

The phrase "because of" is commonly thought of as a preposition; by itself, "because" is also considered by some to be a subordinating conjunction. The Chicago Manual of Style doesn't capitalize any ...
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How to use "that"

The following passage comes from a CNN article: Ryan's comments come as one senior House GOP member told CNN enough House Republicans are likely to agree to a push for legislation that would ban ...
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Use of then as a dependent conjunction [duplicate]

First of all, I understand that then cannot be used as a conjunction with simply a comma (lacking a semicolon or start of new sentence) to connect two independent clauses and that a semicolon or a ...
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"What kind of person THAT I am"

I have a question about the following sentence: I think that I know what kind of person I am. Does it make sense, still have the same meaning and is it gramatically correct if I say: I think ...
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"If" and "Whether" - Is interrogative IF always replacable by WHETHER?

I am asking here specifically about if and whether when they introduce embedded questions (or to be more technically accurate, subordinate interrogative clauses): I don't know if Bob's here. I don't ...
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Should I use the word "that" in a sentence when it is not required? [duplicate]

In this sentence My sister told me that she didn't want pancakes for breakfast. The sentence would still make sense even if the word "that" is taken out. How would one decide to use the word "...
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'I'm sure your friends will likely call you on your birthday.' Is "that" required? [duplicate]

Could someone please help me. I was wondering if I have to use "that" in the following sentence: I'm sure your friends will likely call you on your birthday. Should there be a "that" between sure ...
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Part of speech of "that" [closed]

In the phrase: He demonstrated that he was true What word class does that belong to? In general, which word classes can it belong to? For example, relative pronoun, determiner, ... THX
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