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conjunctions in english


"These following points help you to find an error in  any competitive exam or improve your English "

1. Scarcely or Hard is followed by when
e.g. Hardly had I slept when the telephone rang.
2. Though is followed by Yet.
e.g Though he worked hard yet he failed.
3. No sooner is followed by than
e.g No sooner did we reach there than it began to rain.
4. Not Only is followed by but also.
e.g.Not only did he help her, but also dropped her home safely.
5. Lest is negative and so should not be followed by not; it is followed by should.
e.g. Work hard lest you should fail.
If would or may is used in place of should, then else should be used in place of Lest.
e.g. Give him Water, else he may die.
6. Both are complemented by and,  not by as well as.
e.g. Both Amit and Satish is good at science.
7. So……as  is used in negative sentences, whereas as…….as is used in affirmative sentences.
e.g. He is not so tall as his brother.
8. Other is followed by than.
e.g. He has no other claim than his wealth.
9. The word reason is not followed by because, but by that.
e.g. The reason why he didn’t go was that his mother was ill.
10. Because denotes reason.
In order that denotes purpose
e.g., He went to the doctor because he was ill.
11. Words such as regard, describe, define, treat, mention, depict, portray are followed by as.
e.g. I regard her as my sister.
12. As and since are also used to express reason.
e.g. As he was not there, I spoke to his brother.
13Neither is followed by nor and both are followed by the same auxiliary verb.
e.g. Neither Ravi nor Raju was seen.
14. Either is followed by or.
e.g. Either you are or he is to blame.
15.Unless, until, if not, so that should not be followed by not.
e.g. Wait here until I come.
16. If is used in conditional series
Whether it is used in uncertainty.
e.g. I don’t know whether he was present.
17. To express time before use until or till and to express how long use as long as.
e.g. Work as long as you live.
18. Such is followed by as.
e.g. We talked about such subjects as the weather.
Such is followed by that if we emphasize the degree of something by mentioning the result.
e.g. The extent of the disaster was such that not a single man could survive.
19.  Like is followed by a pronoun; as is followed by a clause.
e.g. He runs like me.


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