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Your dental habits are awful, but if you brush and floss every day, you probably won’t get cavities or gum disease.

The conjunction is 'technically' joining a conditional clause followed by a independent clause. "But" is being used as a contrast. Can the other conjunctions be used in this way with the conditional clauses? Any rules etc.

  • No, it's not "a conditional clause followed by an independent clause'. They're both dependent -- this is an if ... then ... construction -- and they are both covered by the but. – John Lawler Jun 13 '18 at 17:55
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the conjuction "but" joins the first clause to an "if...then.." structure. Both parts of the "if...then..." are covered by the "but".

There is a clear contrast between "Your dental habits are awful", and the conclusion "you won't get cavities".

Other conjunctions can be used similarly:

You like beer, and if you visit Oktoberfest, you can drink a lot of it.

You want to get fit, so if you can afford it, you should hire a personal trainer.

  • This is a good answer. I have no memory of it at all. – James K Aug 9 at 20:40

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