# 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? – The Photon Jan 27 '16 at 5:10
• I want to use 'because' in my sentence, but I don't know how to use it! – Rucheer M Jan 27 '16 at 5:13
• Yes it is correct, and in common usage, however "since" is slightly better. – brendan Jan 27 '16 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 Jan 27 '16 at 5:24
• @ThePhoton Actually, I have a problem about combining coordinating conjunctions and subordinate conjunctions togather – Alex Uanvilay Jan 27 '16 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.

I also think it's right. " Because" is as the conjunction for the clause" She couldn't be sure" with the clause after it.

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