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

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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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Does "red apples and bottles" mean "the apples are red and the bottles are red" or "only apples are red"?

What does "Red apples and bottles" mean? The apples are red and the bottles are red too. The apples are red but the color of the bottles is unknown. Which one is right ?
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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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Why does this documentation use "or" instead of "="?

I'm reading some Perl documentation. I noticed that "=" is not expressed as "equals" but as "or". For example: Perl provides the typical ordinary addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division ...
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Meaning of “we’ll cut him down as for the border he rides”

Welsh History 101B: My neighbour from England has come across raiding, Slain six of my kinsmen and burned down my hall. It cannot be borne, this offence and injustice: I’ve only killed ...
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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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When to use "wherein" instead of "where"?

I've came across the word "wherein", and I'm doubtful about how different it is from using just plain "where". For example in this sentence: There is a case, though, wherein you can use the ...
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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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"On the grounds that" suggests the reason isn’t really a good one

Garner's Modern English Usage reads “In 1991, Bridgeport, Connecticut, sought Chapter 9 protection but a judge denied it on the grounds that [use because instead] the city was solvent.” Tony Jackson, ...
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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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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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Difference between "even if" and "even though"

When I was at university, my English teacher used to insist a lot on the difference between these two expressions, telling us that even if was to be used when introducing a hypothetical situation (...
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How do I start a sentence with a date?

I want to say: August 22, 2012, the day my life changed forever and the day I met you. My only problem is that I don't know how to start a sentence with a date. If someone could help me with this ...
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Sentence in 'The Little Prince' conjunction

*I can't well do English, so please use easy words when you will explain to me. My question: But since the grown-ups were not able to understand it, I made another drawing: I drew the inside of ...
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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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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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What is the order of events? "I had milk and played computer games."

I saw the sentence on the internet like "I had milk and played computer games." There are two events occurring in the sentence. I had milk I played computer games. I would love to know what is 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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Will people get confused when they see 'Some of our customers speak Spanish, English, and German'?

Our cakes are very popular for foreign visitors. Some of them speak Spanish, Some speak English, and some speak German. Now, I want to make the second sentence neat and more easy to read, so I am ...
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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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Is the phrase "Every man, every woman, and every child" singular or plural?

I've come across this sentence: Every man, woman, and child in this line is required to sign the forms in order to complete the registration process.(From Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL ...
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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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"as such" or "therefore"

Additional calculations suggest that teacher effects on college going and wages may be as much as three times larger than that predicted based on test scores alone. As such, more than half of teachers ...
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Meaning of “for” in Psalm: "For justice will prevail…"

In the Bible, Psalm 94:15 reads, For justice will prevail and all the morally upright will be vindicated. What does the “for” mean here, and what might be the grammatical use of it?
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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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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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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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Should I use 'nor' or 'neither' in this sentence?

Please see these two sentences: I am not your slave, nor do I have to follow your advice. I am not your slave, neither do I have to follow your advice. Which one is correct? If neither ...
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When to use "and" or "or" when providing a list

I know this is very simple, but it might be confusing me. if I say; It can be done using a search algorithm such as A, B or C. It can be done using a search algorithm such as A, B and C. ...
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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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Can I place a comma after a conjunction beginning the sentence?

Is it correct practice to place a comma after a conjunction (that begins the sentence it's in)? So, Nathan draws the curtains to see what's beyond his dungeon. But, I don't see the point in ...
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Can we use "although" and "but" together i.e. in one sentence?

Is this a correct English sentence? Although, I'm not very clear about the reason, but that's where the problem lies. Can 'although' and 'but' be used together in one sentence?
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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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Use of 'And' as the first word of a sentence

Can I write: We need to have a deep sense of morality. And moral science teaches us morality. But I was told that I should not use that full stop. But I am not clear. I know its a conjunction but ...
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what does "as" mean here? (because or while)

There is a sentence containing "as" and I have had a problem for a long time in distinguishing whether it means "because" or "while" in the context. Please be more clear in explaining and tell me why ...
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"between X and Y" vs. "between X to Y"

It is estimated that there were between twenty-five to forty African American deaths. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Race_Riot) Could the wikipedia quote above be considered "standard" ...
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Does "as soon as" imply simultaneity?

Someone has told me recently that "A as soon as B" does not imply that B will be complete before A starts, but rather that both events will take place at the same time. Example: He will speak as ...
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Why is “so that” improper in “I was tired so that I couldn't sleep”?

d) I was so tired that I couldn't sleep e) I was tired so that I couldn't sleep Of these two examples d) is perfect and e) simply doesn't work. d) is the correct form of e) or an alternative would be ...
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Why does it add an extra "and" here?

This is a sentence from my dictionary: She carried herself straight and with confidence. The sentence is fairly strange to me, for the extra conjunction "and". Normally I would say something like ...
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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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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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Which to choose between “that”, “if”, or “whether”?

Which is correct?: Your question is very broad, and I doubt that it is answerable. Your question is very broad, and I doubt if it is answerable. Your question is very broad, and I doubt whether it is ...
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Using “for” in the sense of “because”

In what circumstances should it be preferable to use for when it has the same meaning as because?
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The phrase "from before"

In the sentence "I know him from before", what part of speech is "before"? Is such a sentence acceptable in the first place? More generally, is the phrase "from before" ...
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he looked relaxed, if pale -- "if pale"?

Example with a context: "It would be boring without gossip," Putin said, smiling easily before television cameras. He looked relaxed, if pale. Could you please explain how this expression is ...
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Should I use "or" or "and" in "there is no university or college"?

I want to say that in my city there is no university. In addition, there is no college. Which sentence is correct? In my city there is no university and college In my city there is no university or ...
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"...encompassed as I am by frost and snow" -- what does the "as" mean?

Here is a sentence from Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (the beginning of Letter 2): How slowly the time passes here, encompassed as I am by frost and snow! Here is the full text: http://...
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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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