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

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What are the parts of speech in the sentence: Regular exercise strengthens the heart, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack

Can anyone break this sentences into parts of speech? Regular exercise strengthens the heart, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack What is the conjunction in this sentence joining the two ...
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Why do we need to use an -ing verb/gerund after 'when'? What is 'when' actually?

I have a long-standing doubt on 'when'. 1) Is it a conjunction or preposition? I don't know whether it is preposition or not, for every verb after it will take -ing or becomes a gerund: 1) ...
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How grammatical is “not only that, but there's more”?

A website lists some activities offered in a photography tour, then adds Not only that, but there's more. ... [S]unset and moon rise occur at the perfect time and will allow us to photograph New ...
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Can “where” be used to connect two phrases that one is part of the other?

According to the Collins Dictionary, "where" can be used as a conjunction: conjunction You use where after certain words, especially verbs and adjectives, to introduce a clause in which you ...
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Read the grammar box and check your answer. Should I put a comma?

I am proofreading, and I found this sentence: Read the passage and answer the questions below. I believe that we need to put a comma before 'and' since there are two independent clauses. Thus, it ...
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Correct “conjunction” in this sentence

I was on my way to school and suddenly heard my friend, A, is calling out from a distance: Why are you going to school! Today is a holiday! My friend is using two sentences to express this. ...
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when to use but and when to use and

What you would use here, but or and? "beating them" is a new idea or exception of the first idea? There are several effective ways to discipline a preschooler, but\and beating them is completely ...
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Using comma instead of and

"Okay, I am gonna look around, take a few statements." Hi, I saw this line in a tv-series. Is it correct as is? I think using comma here is wrong? There was a one-and-a-half second pause between "...
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Is it wrong or uncommon to use whether when there isn't a second option?

When there are two options, it's clear. You should use whether: He didn't know whether to go on Monday or Tuesday. What about when there aren't two options? Example: He called to check whether ...
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“They are British, so am I”

In the following sentence, is it correct to use a comma to link the two clauses, i.e., "They are British" and "so am I"? They are British, so am I.
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Is the conjunction “and” used correctly in the sentence below?

Is the conjunction "and" used correctly in the sentence below? Actually, I used "and" instead of "these quarrels". They will avoid family quarrels the root of which is financial problems and will ...
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problem with not only..but also

I wrote this sentence in my essay Not only such institutes provide physical support but the elderly also get emotional support from their fellows and caretakers. What is the mistake in this ...
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What “conjunctions” to be used here

I and my mother are planning to go on a trip next week, but my father doesn't want us to go. On top of this he just got the news that the weather is going to be severe next week. As I am not a native ...
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Skeptical That? Function of That Clause

I’d like to know this “that” clause’s function. As the days passed, the nation grew increasingly skeptical that any of the minors had survived- let alone all of them. I can assume it means the ...
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Coordinating Conjunctions + Conjunctive Adverbs

1- Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless interesting Scottish king. (Full version: Alexander II was an obscure commander but nevertheless Alexander II was an interesting ...
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why is the correct answer “the”?

Gilbert Stuart is considered by most art critics ……………. greatest portrait painter north American colonels 1-that he was 2-as he was 3- who was the 4- the why is the answer "4" not "3" or"1","2"?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct (placement of helping verb)?

I'm not sure about How and have here. 2 possibilities: a) How health care monitoring devices have helped in changing your life? b) How have health care monitoring devices helped in changing ...
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Coordinating conjunctions to connect multiple subordinate clauses

Coordinating conjunctions (and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet) can connect main sentences, words, phrases and many others, but can they connect multiple subordinate clauses? If yes, how should I ...
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“as” as a preposition or conjunction

Does ‘start’ mean the same as ‘begin’ in English? My new car is the same model as my old one. Tom’s house is the same size as mine. You have the same pen as I have. In sentence one to three, ...
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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 [closed]

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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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 ...