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A conjunction is a part of speech that connects two words, sentences, phrases or clauses together.

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Is it correct to use "on" in this sense? "There have been house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program."

"There have been many house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program." "....work done on insulation program" sounds not correct to me. If something is ...
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"Does this and this help?" or "Do this and this help?"?

Which one is correct: "Does this and this help?" ("this" and "this" as a whole/as one together) or "Do this and this help?" ("this" and "this&...
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meaning of 'but' in incomplete sentences

summary 'But' is a conjunction to express a contrast between two ideas. Incomplete sentences allow us to omit information without changing the intended meaning. This makes it difficult to identify the ...
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error by vs error of vs apostrophe [closed]

In Hindi there's a word that tells 'relation' between subject and the noun/action. To represent the same in English, we use by / of / apostrophe in English. Some examples in English are: Tom's car ...
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Use of 'and' with perfect tenses for regular verb

It is clear that when the verb is irregular we don't repeat auxiliary in perfect tense "she has danced and sung a good song." but if the verb is regular, omitting auxiliary confuses it for ...
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Is this sentence correct in terms of structure: "By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years."

"By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years." This sentence is from a text in reply to a question: "What do native English speakers learn at school in the English ...
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After a few hours or a few hours after

Which of these is correct and why? However, after a few hours of opening an incident occurred. or However, a few hours after opening an incident occurred.
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Do you say "when I'm going to do something" in place of "when I do something"?

The following is excerpted from Unit 25 of "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy: Amy is on a train. She's calling a friend. "I'll call you again later when I arrive." ... We ...
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Position of "Either/Of" in a sentence with different types of verbs

In either ... or structure, if the two verbs are of the same type, it's easy to figure out the position of "either" and "or", for example. On Sunday evenings, I either work out or ...
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Is this senentce correct: I am a doctor graduated from Harvard University in 2022

Is it correct just to place graduated after doctor in the below example without using "who" or "and"? It feels a bit awkward to place "who" when I refer to myself, ...
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Is it ungrammatical to use "but" at the start of a sentence?

I often hear people start a sentence with "But". I also find many books using a "but" at the start of a sentence. My teacher, however, told me that it's ungrammatical and that I'...
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In the sentence "The ocean is so deep but you can’t even realize that" should it end with "that" or "it"? Also, could the word "but" be improved?

The ocean is so deep but you can’t even realize that. Is there something wrong with that sentence? Is it better to use "it" in the end of the sentence if we speak about something that was ...
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Is 'such that' a conjunction in this sentence?

I read this sentence on a webpage. This is active learning such that you gain real-time skills in facilitating racial justice conversations. Is 'such that' a conjunction which has the same meaning ...
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the use of 'so' : "...neither said so to the other"

"Neither of them much liked the idea of jumping into that pool, but neither said so to the other." I don't understand the role of 'so' in that sentence. It seems that, without this ...
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My question is from grammar part whether we can use two conjunction or not like this?

Conjunctions are words which are used to link clauses which can be either dependent or independent clauses. Somewhere I have seen it's not appropriate to use two conjunctions in a single sentence. ...
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Using present perfect and past simple in two phrases connected with "once"

Someone wrote a sentence in my language and asked whether the noun he used was defined (a noun is considered defined if an adjective modifies it). I said the equivalent of: In the phrase "a ...
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a conjunction "when" and tense around it with "can"

How can I describe this situation?: Can I say the following sentence: I'm really glad when I can take a good picture. I have heard that "can" may have several meanings. The sentence I ...
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Why is there a "for" in this sentence, starting with "That is, " with a meaning "more exactly"

This is from a text about mobile phones and battery replacements. "......Many places offer same-day repairs, as long as the battery for your device is in stock. That is, for repair places with ...
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About Difference Between ' and " in the Title

I have a YouTube channel and i don't want to any mistake on grammar or syntax. Which one is true? I saw a lot of news channel and all of them using different types. Is all of them can be used? For ...
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Some Questions About Sentence Clauses

I'm having a little difficulty understanding the structure of sentences clauses. I understand that an independent clause works on its own as a simple sentence and that a dependent clause does not, but ...
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Whether before if

"I was wondering whether it's okay if I bring this bag with me?" Whether before if, can I say this, does it make sense?
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"....in 10 days" or ".....after 10 days."

The text is from BBC web site: "....Under the measures, Austrians will be asked to work from home, non-essential shops will close, and schools will remain open for children who require face-to-...
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Why the comma in "I received a gift from Uncle George, but not from my other uncle"?

As far as I understand it, "But not from my other uncle" is not an independent clause. It could show contrast, but that would still require an independent clause, like "John is rich, ...
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Is the sentence missing something?

In the following sentence shouldn't a comma or some other conjunction come after 'cohesive beauty' : The orchestra played for their guest with the lucidity and cohesive beauty it always brings to this ...
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They told me (that ) they will give financial aid but (that) the money is very little - can I omit both of the "that"? [duplicate]

Example 1: They told me they will give financial aid but the money is very little. Example 2: They told me that they will give financial aid but that the money is very little. Question: There are ...
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out of anger/ because of my anger

a. I said that because of anger. b. I said that because of my anger. ========================= c. I said that out of anger. d. I said that out of my anger. Which of the above sentences are ...
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problem with conjunction "than"

In the following sentence- Because bureaucracies know more than their principals about the work they have been 'contracted' to do, information is asymmetrical. Which things are 'than' comparing?
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drank wine or whiskey

a. The guests drank wine or whiskey. b. The guests drank either wine or whiskey. Are the above sentences ambiguous? I think they could be used in these two cases: They all drank one of the two Some ...
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How do we use "where" as a conjunction?

The elements of the second column are called the alkali earth metals. Like the alkali metals, these are relatively soft metals that react with water to liberate hydrogen gas. But where the alkali ...
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"Haven't" without the conjunction to "got"

I've been trying to get a robust answer to this question but I've unfortunately not been able to because people have different opinions on this. I haven't a clue. I haven't an idea. This doesn't ...
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European Union enshrines net zero and emissions targets in law [closed]

The following is a headline from CNN. Is "and" out of place? European Union enshrines net zero and emissions targets in law
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up, down and sideways

a. The ghosts moved up, down and sideways. b. The ghosts moved up, down or sideways. c. The ghosts moved either up, or down or sideways. I see three possibilities: All of them first moved up, then ...
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the map we have to consult and

a. He is the doctor you have to talk to and decide whether you want an operation or not. b. This is the map we have to consult and decide whether we want to go there or not. Are the above sentences ...
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Which of the function words will be stressed?

Me, and thousands of others in this country like me, are half baked because we were never allowed to complete our schooling. Open our skulls, look in with a pen light and you'll find an old museum of ...
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Is there a rule for using adverbial clauses/phrases directly after conjunctions?

I went to the park because I needed to clear my head, and when it was morning, I returned home. In this sentence, we see two subordinate clauses and two independent clauses. The two subordinate ...
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Once conjunction for future events in the past

Say I have a first-person past-tense narration of a character. This character is narrating a scene where they're about to eat candy and thus will need to brush their teeth, but this event is occurring ...
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Can a coordinating conjunction connect units with different grammar ranks?

Can a coordinating conjunction connect units with different grammar ranks (like a phrase and a clause together)? Example 1: I drank Starbucks coffee last month and when my mom came to visit me last ...
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Is it really a bad idea to follow "then" with a comma without adding "and" or replacing the comma with the semicolon?

This is from The IBM Style Guide: Conventions for Writers and Editors: Then is not a coordinating conjunction. You cannot join independent clauses with then unless you add a semicolon or a ...
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"He committed a crime two days ago and is a man wanted by the police right now." - ok to connect the two verb phrases like that?

Coordinating conjunctions are used to connect two words, phrases, and clauses, etc. Do the parts that are connected have to be the same part of speech (for example, both being nouns, phrases, or ...
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I don't smoke or/and take

Can "and" be used instead of "or"? "I don't take antibiotics or/and smoke." Or in a similar sentence "I don't smoke or drink alcohol."
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Is 'so as to' a conjunction?

He looked at job advertisements so as to find a new job. I instinctively used 'so as to' when writing today, and I started wondering what its grammatical function is. This resource (one of few that I ...
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Present simple with "that" vs. a participle

I know the subordinate conjunction that is often omitted. Here are two sentences: Select the course containing the exercises you want to repeat. Select the course contains the exercises you want to ...
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Usage of 'and' vs 'while' vs 'whereas'

I understand that and and while/whereas have different meanings. However, I couldn't decide which one is more accurate and suitable for the following example. A Line-of-sight (LoS) link is ...
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Can "who" function as a conjunction

My teacher told me that "who", in the following, functions as a conjunction. The one who is teaching now is my brother And functions as a relative pronoun in the following: A man who ...
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How to use commas and “and” in a list of three items where the first two items are followed by a parenthetical remark “(both…)”?

Let's assume you adhere to the Oxford-comma style and write American English. Then, beyond any reasonable doubt, the sentence A. Mary bought fish, meat (which smelled rotten), and bread. is perfect....
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Things he knew were not true, (that) he knew could not be true

Things he knew were not true, (that) he knew could not be true Is it grammatical to leave out that here?
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Is a conjunction missing in "China has defied the sceptics because its state capitalism has adapted, changing shape"?

In this sentence: China has defied the sceptics because its state capitalism has adapted, changing shape. Should there be an "and" between "adapted" and "changing"? If ...
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Is conjunction "and" selective in certain situation?

In school, there’s one curriculum, one right way to study science, and one right formula that spits out the correct answer on a standardized test. Textbooks with grand titles like The Principles of ...
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Usage of “because” for introducing insufficient reason (instead of reason)

Obviously, "because" introduces a subordinate clause to provide a reason (clause of reason) for the main clause "He is sad" in the following sentence. He is sad because he has ...
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Are all same: disjunct, sentence adverbs and conjunctive adverb

This page says following: Some adverbs can modify entire sentences—unsurprisingly, these are called sentence adverbs. Common ones include generally, fortunately, interestingly, and accordingly. ...

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