# Can I use "but" and "because" in the same sentence?

Example:

One resident said the fine rain looked like snow but she couldn't be sure because this was the first time she had seen such a phenomenon.

Is the above sentence correct?

• Yes, it's fine. Why do you think it might be wrong? Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 5:10
• I want to use 'because' in my sentence, but I don't know how to use it! Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 5:13
• Yes it is correct, and in common usage, however "since" is slightly better. Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 5:24
• @RuchirM, I think Alex wants to use 'because' in its actual usage. I wanted to give another example but I don't think an example would suffice because there might be a need to elaborate further.
– shin
Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 5:24
• @ThePhoton Actually, I have a problem about combining coordinating conjunctions and subordinate conjunctions togather Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 6:30

That sentence is correct as-is, but it's easier to read if you add some commas:

One resident said the fine rain looked like snow, but she couldn't be sure, because this was the first time she had seen such a phenomenon.

The sentence is fine and, without your knowing it, you have balanced subordinate clauses and coordinate clauses.

Remember the acronym : FANBOYS

Where

• F _ FOR
• A _ AND
• N _ NOR
• B _ BUT
• O _ OR
• Y _ YET
• S _ SO.

They go with coordinate clauses and there is a handful of them as these.

Subordinating conjunctions are many. Always read the subordinate clause along with the subordinating conjunction. You will find that they not only link but also make the clause limp (dependent). Coordinates do not; they just link meaningfully. The clauses there are self sufficient.

Sorry for the digression but it may be of help to the poster.

• (that) the fine...snow
• because this... time