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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Correct use of some conjunctions – part II

August 27, 2010

Unless Unless means if not and hence there is no need to add another not into the following clause. Incorrect: Unless you do not obey my instructions, you will be dismissed. Correct: Unless you obey my instructions, you will be dismissed. Correct: If you do not obey my instructions, you will be dismissed. Lest Lest […]

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Correct use of some conjunctions

August 26, 2010

As As often confused with like. As is a conjunction. It is followed by a clause. Like is  a preposition. It is followed by a noun or a noun equivalent. He fought like a lion. (NOT He fought as a lion.) He fought as a lion does. (NOT He fought like a lion does.) As […]

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Kinds of co-ordinating conjunctions

August 25, 2010

Cumulative conjunction A cumulative conjunction merely adds one statement to another. Examples are:  and, both…and, as well as, not only…but also Alice cooked the dinner and Peter tidied the house. She is both clever and beautiful. Tom as well as John passed the test. They not only looted the shop but also set it on […]

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Coordinating conjunctions

August 25, 2010

There are two kinds of conjunctions – coordinating and subordinating. Read the following sentences: God made the country and man made the town. I have not seen him since he was a boy. In the first sentence, two independent clauses of equal importance are joined together by and. A conjunction which joins together two clauses […]

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