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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 necessary to use commas in lists before the conjunction?

I have seen many sentences like this: "Capitalism, Socialism, and Anarchism" and this: "She was happy, and cheerful" Do we have to use a comma before "and", or is it incorrect? If it is not, ...
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"than I" vs. "than me" [duplicate]

Between you and me Suhani is intelligent. Neither he nor his brother can walk faster than me. Whom did you mean to hurt by your unkind remarks except Sita and me? In these sentence book uses me (...
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Should I write "X and I", "X and me", "I and X", or "me and X" in a conjoined object?

A question was asked in one of my friend's interview. The question was to determine the right form from the below sentences. Q. Correct form of English: Samuel was with Susan and I ...
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Why are the subject and the verb inverted after the conjunction 'as'?

These are from the page for 'as' as conjunction on Oxford Dictionary. I don't understand why they are inverted like 'as is her mother' or 'as do I'. Why not 'as her mother is' or 'as I do'? I've ...
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Why do people, incorrectly, begin a sentence with the word "But"?

I find myself editing a good number of people's questions on Stack Exchange sites in order to correct grammatical errors. A large number of these edits include fixing what appears to be the common ...
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What is the difference between "me neither" and "me either"?

I want to know the difference between "me neither" and "me either", are both correct?
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Omission of “that” (in this text)

I'm trying to re-write published newspaper articles for practice writing. The original reads: We seem to forget that we all have some rights over the government. The government has come into being ...
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using "should" in an if adverbial clause

Do any one know if we use the word should in any if adverbial clause, so how that affects the sentence? Just my Profs. told me this: when we add "should", this emphasises the speaker's uncertainty ...
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just in case VS. should

I'll be at my uncle's house just in case you need to reach me. I'll be at my uncle's house should you need to reach me. Could you tell me what is the difference between those?
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When can I remove the word "that" in a sentence?

I have this bad writing habit, I use the word 'that' so many times. I know it is grammatically valid, but using 'that' too often is not good. But I don't know in which sentences I can remove the word '...
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"None is" or "none are"

I was asked if the following sentences will create problems and what are the assumptions I have to make: (d) There are grammarians in the room but none of them is an American. (e) There are ...
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How is “any more than” used to compare two different situations?

In the following quote by Billy Sunday Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. Can anyone please explain/elaborate the usage and ...
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Is or Are with OR?

Here is my construction, If e1 or e2 are positioned a non-zero angle with respect to f, a single intersection point is directly considered. If e1 is unfixed, the sweeping of e1 through the ...
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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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How to use article 'the' with conjunction?

The first and second chapters are.... Or The first and the second chapters are... Which is the correct usage? Is it correct to use the for both the phrases or not?? Please explain to me.
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until VS. before

When you are to choose between two conjunctions, ˜until' and ˜before" for the following sentences, which is more natural? Most children do not start school ( until, before) they are six years old. ...
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When to begin a sentence with "Therefore"

I know we can begin a sentence with Therefore. We can also use it after commas in a sentence. For example, which is correct? She had previous experience, therefore she seemed the best candidate. She ...
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Differences between "in order to", "so that" and "so as to"?

Are there any differences (general or regional differences) between "in order to", "so that" and "so as to"? I've seen that they may be interchangeable, but I'm not so sure.
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Article after 'and' and 'or'

When talking about two objects using and and or, when should I use a and an? Take the following sentences as an example. When is the article appropriate? I have an orange and apple in my hand. ...
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Should we not start sentences with "And" , "But" ,"So" and "Because"?

Personally, I use “but” and “so” to start sentences, but not “and” and “because”. Today I was talking to a friend of my brother on this matter, who is in 6th Grade. He takes tuition from a private ...
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As / The way / In the way - all possible and the same meaning here, right?

A customer asked for the posters to be laminated on the front side and he also asked for the posters to be ready by today. But, I didn't to it as he'd asked us to do. I didn't to it in the way that ...
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What is the difference between "If" and "When" in a conditional clause?

For these two expressions: I will give it to you when I no longer need it. I will give it to you if I no longer need it. Let us say it is an object such as a book or a laptop or something similar. ...
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For "another" example

In formal writing, if I have 2 examples to depict what I said earlier, can I start writing a sentence using 'for another example' form after explaining my first example using 'for example'? More ...
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My wife will be angry, unless I'm home by 7.00

My wife will be angry, unless I'm home by 7.00. In the sentence above the "unless" should not be used. The correct conjunction is supposed to be the "if". Compare this sentence: I'll come at 5 ...
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You can pay by credit card or "by" cash

Which one of the following is correct? You can pay by credit card or by cash. You can pay by credit card or cash.
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Why is 'neither' (without 'nor') singular?

I ask about 'neither' as a determiner. I want to dredge below the last 5 paras under 'Tip 2' , which don't explain. Neither does p 90, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005). Consider: 2. ...
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Are these two agreements all right?

Wiktionary.com has two examples for ‘as well as’: conjunction and preposition. Are the two sentences below grammatically correct? (preposition) He as well as you is right. (conjunction) He as ...
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"as essential a part of the weekly shop"

To the Dutch, milk and cheese are staples, as essential a part of the weekly shop as rice is for a Chinese shopper or teabags are for an Englishman. This is a sentence from an article on CNN. I don't ...
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Usages of "in case" and "should" inversion

I'll be at my uncle's house in case you need to reach me. I'll be at my uncle's house just in case you need to reach me. I'll be at my uncle's house should you need to reach me. I'll be at my uncle's ...
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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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"Not only… but also" at the beginning of a sentence

Do we always have to use inversion when we start a sentence with "not only… but also"? For example: Is it correct to write/say: Not only they were tall, but also they were strong. Or Not only ...
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"I have no question"--> "Me, too" or "Me, either"?

Ok, at the end of an English class, the teacher says "Do you have any questions?" Student A: I have no question Student B: Me, too / Me, either So, the Student B should say "Me, too&...
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Should we cut "so" in this sentence?

Ducks, geese, and swans are different types of waterfowl, but because they are similar in behavior and physical characteristics, so they comprise a single bird family. I have to find an error in the ...
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Conjunctions in negation: "no/neither" and "and/or/nor"

When I have these facts, French coins were not found in the ruin. German coins were not found in the ruin. which of these sentences are grammatically correct? 1. No French and German coins were ...
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Commas with "so"

I am confused with the usage of so. Consider some examples from Oxford and Meriam-webster It was still painful so I went to see a doctor (Oxford). We were bored with the movie, so we left (MW)...
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About the dropped "that" as a conjunction before a clause

I stumbled upon a website with the following paragraph: MBIE has launched an investigation into claims Chinese galvanised steel coil imports have been dumped on the local market, causing "...
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"and" with meals - eating separately or together

I have toast and jam for breakfast. Does it mean that I eat toast and jam separately or together with spread jam on toast? What about other examples? Does "and" mean separately or together as if ...
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AS IT IS and AS IS (AS as a conjunction and a pronoun)

Looking at the idiom "as is", I see that it's used for damaged goods on sale, but Collin's examples are not used in this manner. It's a way of shaping the new year according to our will, as is ...
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Question about use of me too and me either [closed]

What is the difference: -I want to drink something. -Me too. And -I want to drink something. -Me either.
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Usages of "as" and "although" with approximately the same meaning

A. Huge boulders, far too big to be used as they were, were lying throughout the bed of the quarry. and B. Huge boulders, although they were far too big to be used, were lying throughout the ...
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Usage of "due to" and "because" - are they interchangeble?

Are both the following sentences correct? He is not coming to school due to he fell sick last night. He is not coming to school because he fell sick last night.
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Agreeing with negative sentences - "Me neither" or "Me too"?

How do we agree with a negative sentence? What is the choice? 'me neither' or 'me too'? Say, Andy: I don't like my teacher. Bob: Me, neither. OR Andy: I don't like my teacher. Bob: ...
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what does the phrase ''such as'' mean? [closed]

I am confused about the phrase ''such as'' in the following sentence. in second part the pronoun ''it'' make me comfused and the ''it'' seems to refer the phrase ''the genuine teaching of the Buddha&...
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Omission of That and which

Look at the example below The new pair of scissors I have purchased are blunt. I think this is grammatically correct though we are omitting the conjunction 'that'. Like The new pair of ...
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The different positions of "only" in the same sentence [duplicate]

Is there any difference in the following sentences? This rule only applies to students This rule applies to students only This rule applies only to students If you don't mind, please ...
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Difference between "as" and "because"?

What is the difference between as and because? Which one of these sentences is correct? He stayed home from work as he was sick? He stayed home form work because he was sick? Which is correct? Are ...
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When can I hyphenate "in-place"?

To me, these feel correct: They were replaced in-place. The dancers twirl in-place. Protections are in place. It shows squares in place of symbols. But trying to look for information on its ...
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"as with" grammar and meaning in a sentence

What is the meaning and grammar of "as with" in the following sentence: Symbolic logic is a mathematical model of deductive thought; as with other branches of mathematics it has grown beyond the ...
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Why isn’t the pronoun “it” placed after But?

THE SOURCE: NY times Poland sent soldiers to fight alongside Americans in Iraq, but is nonetheless one of the few countries still hosting North Korean workers over Washington's objections. Why ...
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Which is correct "sandwiches with ham", "sandwiches and ham", or "ham sandwiches"?

Which version is correct?: I have ham sandwiches for breakfast. I have sandwiches with ham for breakfast. I have sandwiches and ham for breakfast. Of course, I mean that I eat sandwiches ...
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