Whether … or …

March 15, 2013

Whether…or… can be used as a double conjunction. An example is given below. Some lessons are easy. Some lessons are difficult. A student will have to learn all of them. We can combine these three sentences into one using whether …or. A student will have to learn all the lessons whether they are easy or […]

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Mistakes in the use of conjunctions

February 8, 2013

Students sometimes add too many conjunctions because they do not remember exactly how many clauses they have written. Therefore before you submit your work, you have to edit it and make sure that you have the correct number of clauses. Read the following sentence. Incorrect: I think that the new shopping mall which will improve […]

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Some conjunctions

October 31, 2012

While While is usually a subordinating conjunction of time. It can also be used to show contrast. Strike while the iron is hot. (Subordinating conjunction of time) Thieves broke into the house while they were sleeping. (Subordinating conjunction of time) While she is a doctor I am a sweeper. (Subordinating conjunction showing contrast) While he […]

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Using if and unless

September 7, 2012

Read the following sentences. You must finish the job in time. Otherwise you will be sacked. These two sentences can be joined using if or unless. Note that unless means if not and hence it would be wrong to use another not in clauses with unless. If you do not finish the job in time, […]

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Structures with so

June 19, 2012

So means to such an extent. So is often used when we are talking about a very high degree of some quality. So can be used in most situations where very is also possible. Why are you so unkind? He is so stupid. So is not used with adjective + noun. She is such a […]

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Using as

May 25, 2012

This word has many uses including the following. In comparisons As is used in making comparisons. It is used to say that people or things are equal or similar in some way. I am as tall as you. I can run as fast as him. This box is twice as heavy as that one. Note […]

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Conjunctions exercise

May 21, 2011

Fill in the blanks with appropriate conjunctions. 1. He is not ………………. clever as his brother. 2. He must be punished ………………. he is guilty. 3. A fool …………… his money are soon parted. 4. He was not punished …………….. he was guilty. 5. He worked hard ……………… he might pass the examination. 6. Give […]

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Some conjunctions and their uses – Part 2

January 13, 2011

Than As a conjunction than follows an adjective or adverb in the comparative degree. Wisdom is better than riches. He is wiser than I am. I am smarter than you are. Lest Lest is used as a subordinating conjunction expressing a negative purpose. It has a similar meaning to ‘for fear that’. He fled lest […]

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Some conjunctions and their uses

January 12, 2011

Since As a conjunction since means ‘from the past time when’. Where have you been since I last saw you? It is just a week since we arrived here. I have never seen him since that unfortunate event happened. The conjunction since may also mean as. Since we have no money we can’t buy anything. […]

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Correct use of conjunctions – Part III

August 28, 2010

Scarcely…when It is wrong to use than instead of when in these sentences: Scarcely had I reached the station than the train steamed out. (Incorrect) Scarcely had I reached the station when the train steamed out. (Correct) If scarcely begins the sentence it should be immediately followed by had. Scarcely I had reached the station […]

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