Yes, it is not a conjunction when it becomes a noun (or other) in usage or function.
is a conjunction, except for when it is being quoted as a word.
As @Mitch mentions in a comment,
See Use-mention distinction. In short, 'and' is a conjunction, but " 'and' " is word that means a conjunction, which may seem like caviling ...
The Oxford English Dictionary lists "and" as conjunction, adverb, and noun.
The adverb is labeled "obsolete".
Ye shall see and what somewhat I have in my sacke.
The noun could be an instance of the word "and"
ifs, ands or buts
Also the noun "and" may mean the boolean operation AND.
I've seen a version of this with five "and"s; here is my reconstruction of it from memory:
You painted this sign for me, but you need to repaint it. The spaces between Fish and and and and and Chips are not the same size.
An examination of the following Google pages,
"not by force, but (by) X…X",
"not by words, but (by) X…X",
"not by chance, but (by) X…X"
"not by law, but (by) X…X",
"not by accident, but (by) X…X"
"not by nature, but (by) X…X",
permits the following conclusion: the ellipsis is rare, in almost all ...
The missing part of the picture is the discourse within which a sentence stands.
Conjunctions are used in discourse to connect portions of sentences such as words or phrases, but they are also used to connect larger units of text such as sentences and paragraphs. And if you doubt that, this (current) sentence demonstrates such a use.
It can become unwieldy ...
English isn’t strictly logical.
In your example, “can’t” can be read as “is unable to” (like “cats can’t fly”) or “is not supposed to” (like “you can’t walk on the grass”), or even as a constraint on the other speaker (like “you can’t be serious”). In each case, though, the natural parsing for “and” is as a conjunction of the two items. However, this isn’t ...
Yes, it can be a noun, like if I were to say:
"And can be a noun— no ifs, ands, or buts!"
"No ifs, ands, or buts" is a common expression. With that in mind, it's obvious the word "and" can be a noun because the word "and" has been pluralized. Conjunctions don't have a plural case. Nouns do. "And" being the ...