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“For all that” as subordinating conjunction?

In the sentence, “For all that they complain, they do nothing,” is the phrase “for all that” a subordinating conjunction akin to “notwithstanding”? Also, can “that” be omitted with no loss in meaning ...
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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 tachnically 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