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Posted by ISLPR Language Services on April 5, 2019 at 7:07 AM

ampersand‘and’ and ‘but’

“and” and “but” join clauses into a sentence. 

Do not start a new sentence with “and” or ‘but”. 

Do not put a comma or a full stop before ‘and’, ‘but’ or ‘or’.

Do not put a comma after a conjunction introducing a clause, e.g. He told me that he was too tired to watch the movie.


Traditionally, ‘however’ was regarded as a conjunctive adverb or a discourse marker, not a conjunction.  In other words, ‘however’ marks a relationship between sentences or ideas and does not join clauses into a sentence, i.e. it is not a conjunction.

However, the Macquarie Dictionary notes that there is a modern trend to use it as a conjunction and gives the example: I thought he was coming,  however he failed to arrive.

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