Questions tagged [conjunctions]

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

118 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
3 answers
467 views

Can "unless" be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything so ...
John V's user avatar
  • 1,645
2 votes
1 answer
56 views

Why are articles sometimes NOT used before common nouns?

Take a sentence like: 'Excellent lady that she was, Lady Gigabytes invited us over for dinner.' Or: 'Lady Gigabytes (excellent lady that she was) invited us over for dinner.' What both these sentences ...
Bushra Iqbal's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
33 views

Is it necessary to repeat the subject after "or" within compound sentences? "He obviously doesn't have a plan, or (he) would have said something."

I am confused with the usage of "or". Here is two sentences that confused me: He obviously doesn't have a plan, or he would have said something. He obviously doesn't have a plan, or would ...
Alper's user avatar
  • 121
2 votes
1 answer
906 views

Though I could noticed or I could noticed though

I am trying to express that I noticed the presence of some files on a phone. Which sentence would be correct: I could noticed though, on the phone, some files and icons apparently leftovers of the ...
Ricardo Guridi's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
60 views

"Mrs. Jones going to New York" vs "Mrs. Jones gone to New York"

I am giving two sentences below. Please get me clear. I am confused. Mrs. Jones went to the New York. Mr. Smith took up her position. This is the context. If I join the two sentences ...
Indranil Bar's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
31 views

A few more steps and he fell to the floor in agony

What function does the boldfaced "and" serve in the following passage from a local textbook? I'm asking about its meaning. I'm aware that "and" can connect two phrases and indicate ...
Apollyon's user avatar
  • 5,952
1 vote
0 answers
91 views

Trouble understanding the word 'qua'

I'm Indonesian student study english. I come across word 'qua' in a book A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America. I try to understand what the word 'Qua' means. I have used a ...
mannyworld's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
78 views

things and people who matter vs things and people that matter

Remember to focus on the things and people who/that matter during these times of trouble. I'm trying to write this phrase, following the Chicago Manual guidelines, which suggest using who for people, ...
Diane Mik's user avatar
  • 319
1 vote
0 answers
35 views

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 ...
azz's user avatar
  • 2,727
1 vote
0 answers
23 views

"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 ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
1 vote
1 answer
32 views

Can I use 'a' after 'are' in a conjunction sentence?

'Black mold or toxic black molds are a hazardous health variety of micro fungus that usually grow in your buildings' damp areas—for example, bathroom, basement, kitchen, etc.' Q1: In the above ...
Sultana Chadni's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
87 views

Which verbs are used with the conjunction "and" in my example sentence?

I have a sentence in my job descriptions as below: Assess seriousness of each case, select external service providers (e.g. surveyors) to participate in investigation and achieve expected outcomes in ...
edgar's user avatar
  • 103
1 vote
0 answers
26 views

Can i use 'Not only but also' and 'as well as' in a sentence together?

Please provide an example if I can use as well as and not only but also in a sentence. For example He was not only a humanist but also a short story writer as well as a novelist.
Ajsal Sharaf's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
35 views

Is "as" the correct conjunction?

Is "as" the correct conjunction to use here? A cab pulls up. Jimmy gets in the passenger seat. Cab driver: Hi. Jimmy: Hi. As they drive off -- Cab driver: Where to?
user125207's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
72 views

That you had told me about in that town

I made up a pretty interesting sentence which confuses me. The context is there are two people who met each other in some town and one of them told the other about a chiildren's play area where no ...
Michael Azarenko's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
64 views

Should prepositions be repeated while joining multiple prepositional phrases?

1.Results indicated positive paths from A to B, B to C, and C to A and B. 2.Results indicated positive paths from A to B, from B to C, and from C to A and B. Which of the above sentences is considered ...
Kiki's user avatar
  • 11
1 vote
0 answers
92 views

use of 'as well as' with a modal verb

I have read many of sources about 'as well as' but honestly speaking even English users seem to be either confused on this or maybe no particular rule is in books. My actual confusion is about VERB ...
xeesid's user avatar
  • 1,379
1 vote
0 answers
217 views

Connective preposition or subordinate conjunction?

I know that a Subordinating Conjunction or a subordinator serves as a marker for the Subordinate Clause : Other children are annoyed because John raises his hand constantly. Here 'because John ...
Sandip Kumar Mandal's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
77 views

Making sense of complex conjunctions

When a connector is added to a coordinating conjunction, what is the combined entity called? An emphatic conjunction? Example: He is young and therefore strong. ("and therefore") Similarly,...
Sanjay 's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
24 views

How to use determiners after the coordinating conjunction AND?

I need to say: "Chinatown and Little Italy are the most colourful and liveliest neighbourhoods in New York City". I wonder if I must add the determiner THE before "liveliest".
zenith3's user avatar
  • 947
1 vote
0 answers
108 views

How do you use tenses with the word "after" sensibly: which combos of tenses work and which do not?

No context is required, it’s just a normal question about using the word after. For instance, here are some easy sentences: After he finishes his work, he will go for a walk. After he finished his ...
Angyang's user avatar
  • 524
1 vote
1 answer
3k views

It be not until ~ that ~

It was not until after we had been on the highway for several hours that Peter asked me if I wanted stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat. In my opinion, It ~ that ~ is a sentence that emphasize ...
Orient's user avatar
  • 311
1 vote
4 answers
7k views

What is the grammar construction used in "which is then"

I saw a sentence on the web page of python as below: This means that source files can be run directly without explicitly creating an executable which is then run. I do understand what the ...
Misu's user avatar
  • 19
1 vote
0 answers
73 views

How does the conjunction "that" affect the meaning of a sentence?

She said (that) she was satisfied. We are the strongest team (that) Konoha village has to offer. Would you like to know why I did that? What do you think (that) I am? I thought (that) I would ...
Anubhav's user avatar
  • 3,461
1 vote
3 answers
1k views

so an adjective/ adverb that

... the period was so far like the present period that some of... She was so much beautiful that... She was so beautiful that... As far as I know the bold one is incorrect because we mustn't add ...
nima's user avatar
  • 5,797
1 vote
1 answer
67 views

While/When I was in Japan in 2018, I went to many well-know destinations. - does "when" makes it sound like it is a long-term stay?

Background information: I traveled in Japan for a week in 2018. Can I say: Example 1 While I was in Japan in 2018, I went to many well-know destinations. or Example 2 When I was in Japan in 2018, I ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
1 vote
1 answer
24 views

If a person's headache varies in different situations, at different times, "and/or" depending on their mood, it indicates... - differences in meaning?

Example 1 If a person's headache varies in different situations, at different times, or depending on their mood, it indicates the headache is caused by psychological factors. Example 2 If a person'...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
1 vote
1 answer
364 views

Verbs after "In case"

As a grammar hint, it is stated under the entry for "In case" within Longman Dictionary of Contemporary that we have to use simple present/past or should after in case, for example: They ...
shapoor's user avatar
  • 719
1 vote
1 answer
155 views

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 ...
Pradeep's user avatar
  • 355
1 vote
1 answer
2k views

Can "though", "although", "if" and "even if" be followed by an adjective?

I am trying to say the following thing : "Even though this font is my favourite, it will not be used anymore". Is any of the following four sentences correct? This font, although my favourite, ...
Alexandre d'Entraigues's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
74 views

"behavior for somebody" or "behavior of"?

Lying is typical behavior for narcissists. Can I replace "for" with "of"? Why or why not? Does the meaning change? Online I found conflicting evidence: With new people — people ...
hhhh's user avatar
  • 179
0 votes
0 answers
25 views

I will host an event outside(,) whether it rains or not. - comma or not?

Example 1 I will host an event outside whether it rains or not. Example 2 I will host an event outside, whether it rains or not. When do we add a comma to before "whether"? I still don't ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
1 answer
32 views

Is this a coordinating conjunction connecting to a dependent adverbial clause? Is it grammatically correct?

This sentence seems to use 'and' to connect an independent clause to a complex sentence (adverbial clause + independent clause). "Smith said the statute is reserved for “traitors and spies,” and ...
Ness Noodle's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
50 views

Whereas usage in comparison

Is the usage of "whereas" correct? As far as I know is that I should use complete clause after "whereas" it's similar to "but" in usage However , "whereas" ...
Rafeq's user avatar
  • 47
0 votes
1 answer
13 views

Conjunction necessary if there is comma?

Do we need the conjunction 'and' along with comma, or we can leave it just with comma in below sentence? With the help of these properties, a human being is able to behave as if the external or ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
31 views

Usage of "as" as a conjunction

Clearly here is a usage of "as" that i can't understand; as far as i understand, "as" is a subordinate conjunction that joins main clause + sub. clause. Here we have ",as"...
Esteban Soto Montijo's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
32 views

While/When I was at the restaurant, I browsed the menu and ordered the food. - do they both mean the same?

Example 1 While I was at the restaurant, I browsed the menu and ordered the food. Example 2 When I was at the restaurant, I browsed the menu and ordered the food. Do they mean the same thing? I ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
28 views

Until I fell asleep, I would/used to scroll my smart phone. - is this acceptable?

Example 1 As soon as/Once my father bought me a gift, I would/used to bring it to the school and show it off to my friends. Example 2 After my father bought me a gift, I would/used to bring it to ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
23 views

Whenever/When I wake up late, I go to bed and fall asleep after 10 p.m. - does this make sense?

When expressing a habitual or repetitive event using "when" or "whenever", can there be a period of time between the events? For example Example 1 "Whenever/When I wake up ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
30 views

By the time we arrive there, it will have already be 7 o'clock/later than 7 o'clock. - which is more idiomatic?

Example 1 It is too late now. By the time we arrive there, it will have already been 7 o'clock. Example 2 It is too late now. By the time we arrive there, it will have already been later than 7 o'...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
90 views

"Nor" used to join two independent clause, but some says it can also join other elements

I haven’t seen nor heard from Mike in days. I know:- "nor" is used to join two independent clauses, but like above sentence can be used to join two elements that are not independent clauses.
Sam's user avatar
  • 1,855
0 votes
0 answers
57 views

“Before starting work, I look at my to-do list…” Is ‘’before‘’ a prep. or conj? If it is a conj. what was omitted?

Before starting work, I look at my to-do list and prioritize it. Is ‘’Before‘’ a preposition or conjunction? If it is a conjunction, what has been omitted? ---update Thank you very much, guys, for ...
Tokic's user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
1 answer
71 views

I am happy now after I heard the news. - mixing tenses - is this correct?

If I heard the news in the past and the state of being happy is in the present, can I write it like Example 1 or Example 2? Example 1 I am happy now after hearing the news. Example 2 I am happy now ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
19 views

What does 'but' mean in this sentence from Walden?

In the first chapter of Walden, Thoreau writes: Though we are not so degenerate but that we might possibly live in a cave or a wigwam or wear skins today, it certainly is better to accept the ...
John Smith's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
30 views

"later" or "after" + "time period" in a sentence that talks about something unchanged, repeatedly happening, etc...?

Can we use "later" or "after" in a sentence that talks about something unchanged, repeatedly happening, etc...? Example 1 A: The weather here is usually sunny, but it can change ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
16 views

I will head out to the campus when/if she is writing the essay - continuous tense in the future?

Example 1 I will head out to the campus when she is writing the essay. Example 2 I will head out to the campus if she is writing the essay. Can we use progressive tense in an if or when clause? ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
18 views

Can we write compound sentences like this, using more than two conjunctions?

Example 1 I was going to mention the divorce rate, but I thought of the fact that children were there, so I did not really say it. Example 2 I was going to mention the divorce rate, but I thought ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,105
0 votes
0 answers
377 views

"By which" vs "for which" usage

Can "by which" be equivalent to "for which", for example in this quote? Stripped of this anthropological association, the word on is indistinguishable from the word ‘under’ or the ...
tac's user avatar
  • 250
0 votes
0 answers
27 views

Usage of "much less"

I am having difficulties with the following usage of "much less": French Guiana is the only territory on the continental mainland of either North or South America that is under the ...
Karlo Grba's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
634 views

For purchase or for purchasing

I just realized there's plenty of people use "for purchase" as much as do with "for purchasing" How each of them can be functioned since they both are nouns?
user avatar