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Questions tagged [conjunctions]

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

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About decomposing this definition “forward or at a more advanced point in space or time.”

The conjunction or is used to link grammatical entities of equal "weight", with that in mind, how should one decompose this definition of the adverb on: forward or at a more advanced point in space ...
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Is “where” is equivalent to “wherever” in this case?

Where alternative sources of power are available there are some marked contrasts in handling. I would read it as: Wherever alternative sources of power are available there are some marked ...
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Can “and” be purposely omitted for rhythm?

I just stumbled upon this sentence on this site. Primal stories — rise and fall, ruin and redemption, the love of a good woman — are punctuated by scenes of carefully choreographed pugilism. (link: ...
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When doing / while doing

I am a little confused about using "when v-ing" and "while v-ing". When should I use "when v-ing" instead of "while v-ing" ? 1- Always keep some change with you. It’s useful when buying a bus ...
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Can a conjunction “after” modify a noun in front of it?

I made the following sentence: This picture shows my face just after I waken up. I would like to know whether the conjunction phrase "just after I waken up" can modify the noun "my face". My ...
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usage of 'while' and 'when'

I met many interesting people while I was living in Vancouver. Can I change the sentence above to the sentences below? Do they have slightly different meanings? I met many interesting people when ...
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Use of verb+ and +verb

In the following sentence He decided to get up early, to wear nice dress and to visit his aunt. Conjugation and is used. Since after and before and same proposition is used. So my question ...
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A question regarding the conjunction : neither…nor

I have a question in regards to the usage of neither..nor. I know that the typical and correct structure is: (1) He is neither fat nor thin. But what about this: (2) He is neither fatter nor ...
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Is second one passive form of the first one?

I am to deliver the money . The money is to be delivered . Thank in advance
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Is “The question” at the front of this sentence extraneous?

Is "The question" in: "The question whether we should go or stay comes next." extraneous? LanguageTool suggests to remove "The question" from the sentence. However, I think "The question" is ...
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No sooner did or No sooner had

This question came in my exam and answer was (c) No sooner ...... than the police handcuffed him. (A) he came (B) did he came (C) did he come  (Ans) (D) had he come But i dont ...
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“…{when/that} creator Ruth Handler first came up with the idea.”

Does "when" work here? And, does this sentence make sense? It was while she was watching her daughter Barbara playing cut-outs of adult women {when/that} creator Ruth Handler first came up with the ...
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Would native speakers say WHILE in this context

A sentence: He listens to music while practicing handwriting. While sounds okay here. But, in this sentence: He is listening to music while practicing handwriting. (Present continuous tense) ...
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A question regarding the conjunction “when”

I understand that: 1) A gerund is used after the prepositions "After" and "Before". 2) Is it the same in the case of a verb following the conjunction "When"? Does the verb in -ing that follows the ...
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Although vs. In spite of [on hold]

Although she was told she would get the job, she didn't get it. In spite of telling she would get the job, she didn't get it. In spite of being told she would get the job, she didn't get it. ...
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Although-Yet or comma

Although he achieved/ great success/ he couldn't win fame. This is an error detection question from last year exam. And answer is No Error. But neither comma(,) nor yet is used after success. eg: ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'but' here

Science will continue to invent more things, but most significant improvements in people's lives are done by science. What is the meaning of 'but' in the above sentence? I am having difficulty ...
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When do we not put a comma before “because”?

In what situation do you put a comma before "because"? And, when do you not put a comma before "because"? I've always assumed that you put a comma, because the clause introduced by "because" will ...
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So that … would

I wanted to use the "so that ... would" phrase and used it like: I want so that a car would drive But I was told it was wrong. The sense i am putting in all of this is like here: I wish you wre ...
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What is a good word for “The reason why”? [closed]

Tim was a thin boy. _____ many days, he would even starve. What word (or phrase should I use in place of _____)
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Shouldn't there be “analytically” instead of “analytical” here?

I read a definition of "clinical" in Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: Analytical or coolly dispassionate I suppose there should be "analytically" instead of "analytical" in the definition ...
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He lives as he wants

Which is correct? He lives as he wants He lives how he wants
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“… to apply for a visa” or “… and applied for a visa”?

Here are two sentences: Once he got the passport, he went to the Chinese consulate in Toronto and applied for a visa. Once he got the passport, he went to the Chinese consulate in Toronto to ...
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Use of 'and' with nouns

Which one is right & why? I manage agriculture and fabrication business. I manage agriculture and fabrication businesses. Also, is an article needed before agriculture and fabrication?
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'Once' conjunction past tense

'Once they passed the exam, they worked in a national hospital and received more training.' I can't understand the correct meaning of this sentence. I know a sentence like 'Once they pass the exam,...
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Is “like” here a conjunction or a preposition?

I'm sure you have heard something like, "You can do anything you want." Is "like" a conjunction here?
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part III

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. As ...
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Can “since” and “as” be used interchangeably in the following sentence?

They sat at the counter as/since all the seats were filled. I've seen both versions. For example here. Are as and since are interchangeable in situations like these? If so, in which situations are ...
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Can we use V3 or Ved after the “after”

I read a sentence in a blog After applied for job in many companies, I was lucky enough to had found a job related to my field of study. Normally, we use after + Ving (in this case: applying), ...
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What can come after phrase “as well as”?

I am trying to understand the usage of word as. I came across the following sentence. He is an excellent teacher as well as being a fine musician. Is it incorrect to write as follows? He is ...
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The time will come when your dream (will?) come true

According to Swan Practical English Usage (Don't say it! 130 common mistakes, page:xxvi); Don't say / write: I will phone you when I will arrive. Say / write: I will phone you when I arrive. ...
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Don't we need a conjunction between two clauses?

Isn't a conjunction such as as needed bewteen the two bolded clauses? Or, if it is just okay, I want to know why. The desire for fame has its roots in the experience of neglect, in injury. No one ...
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When to put a comma before but?

I heard that you put a comma before but when you're connecting two independent clauses, but what if the second clause doesn't contain a verb? Does it mean it's not independent? There are a few cases ...
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Yet or Although?

The new service was expected to be a success; ____very few customers upgraded their accounts. A. yet B. just C. moreover D. although In this sentence, I am confused between “yet” and "...
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Can vs May (Which one is correct?)

Which modal verb do I use in the first blank? I know that “may” is for asking permission, but “can” is for showing capability. So throwing a peel is somewhat a capability. Some people can/may ...
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ing + while + ing

He was gesturing to me while he was batting. He was singing while having bath. He was singing while I was having bath. Can while be used in this manner? Thank you.
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The usage of “while”, Is my sentence correct?

"The TV program ended while I did not know entirely." This sentence looks grammatically correct but doesn't sound right to me. Can anybody help me with the usage of "while"? When and when not to use "...
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To use “that “ after “wrong”

Can i use that after “wrong” in sentence below. If it is not correct i wonder why it can’t be used like some adjectices such as “sure”. 1) Police was wrong that the man in black suit was killer. ...
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“As long as” or “as long”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: India does not mind mediation as long it puts more pressure on the Pakistanis At first glance it seemed fine to me. But then shouldn't there be "as long ...
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Which sentence is correct? Use of commas and 'and' [closed]

It offers an opportunity to get information, to learn the activities, and to look for a job. It offers an opportunity to get information, learn the activities, and look for a job. It offers an ...
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visit a garden in the north, and you could be

I was told that a bare infinitive phrase followed by "and" and a sentence could mean "if ... then ...." For example, "Give John 10 dollars, and he will ask for 100 dollars" means "If you give John 10 ...
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Conjunction to use after “one of the following” + comma-separated list

In the following sentence, which conjunction (and or or) should be used? One from these programming languages is good: PHP, Java, and/or Perl. If I use and since the sentence is referring to a ...
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Arithmetic expressions in words

Consider the following sentences, which I know are correct, as example; Two multiplied by two gives four. OR Two times two gives four. OR Two by two gives four. Two divided by two is one. Q1: ...
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Conjunction structure involving “between”

Consider: The interactions between X and Y, and between X and Z are shown. How can I reduce it? The interactions between X and Y, and Z are shown. The interactions between X and Y, and between Z ...
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Translation of English sentence

What is the meaning of this sentence, "Not all sentence-equivalence questions are so vocabulary dependent but you can expect quite a few to require knowledge of very advanced words." I could ...
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Peruvian or Cuban

a. He mentioned fifteen Peruvian or Cuban authors in his paper. b. He mentioned fifteen authors, Peruvian or Cuban, in his paper. c. He mentioned fifteen either Peruvian or Cuban authors in his ...
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what does “but” refer to?

I read two sentences that makes me very unsure to what does but refer to. I am really confused, does but refer to the old method (Kim et al. (2013)) or to the new method. "Our modelling strategy is ...
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As [simple tense]..something [progressive tense] expressing things happening at the same time

I have this sentence: Then she realized that, as the water got colder and rougher, she was actually getting faster and warmer, and she was really enjoying it. I do not understand why there is no ...
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Usage of 'as' before Adjectives:

In the following sentence, should I put 'as' before the adjective 'offensive'? I hope you won't take my criticism as offensive. I hope you won't take my criticism offensive. I feel as if the two ...
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What is the difference between “when” and “in doing”?

I know that the phrase "in doing something" has a meaning similar to the conjunction "when", but I don't know their difference. For example, which of the following sounds natural?: I always ...