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Join the following sentences without using "and" or "but":  Everyone was drenched wet...

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shefali | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 24, 2009 at 1:20 AM via web

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Join the following sentences without using "and" or "but":  Everyone was drenched wet by now. The rain had come down harder.

i have an impression that while using a conjuction to join two sentences, the order of the sentences should not be changed, therefore i think -

the rain had come down so hard that everyone was drenched wet by now..............

is incorrect.the only possible answer can be-

everyone was drenched wet now as the rain had come down harder.

what is your opinion?

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brewingideas | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 24, 2009 at 2:18 AM (Answer #1)

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The seven coordinating conjunctions are logical expressions that create a unique relationship between the two sentences. They combine equal parts.

You might combine these sentences in the following way:

Everyone was drenched wet by now, for the rain had come down harder.

For in this case is a coordinating conjunction that shows cause.

Most people are used to using because or since as denoting cause, which are subordinating conjunctions. Subordinating conjunctions cause the clause that includes the subordinating conjunction to be subordinate; that is less than.

Both are correct, but sometimes an instructor may want you to use a coordinating conjunction instead of a subordinating conjunction.

Sometimes you want to use a coordinating conjunction because you want both parts of what you are connecting to be equal, for effect and/or parallel structure.

Another way to combine is the following:

Because everyone was drenched wet by now, the rain had come down harder.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 24, 2009 at 3:02 AM (Answer #2)

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There are several ways to join these two independent clauses; whether the order is changed is a matter of preference.  For, changing the order changes the emphais upon ideas.

e.g. Everyone was drenched by the rain since it had come down so hard - OR -

As (meaning since) the rain had come down so hard, everyone was drench by the rain.

It is acceptable to revise the sentence without changing its meaning by using a participial phrase or a relative clause:

Having come down so hard, the rain drenched everyone.

The rain which had come down so hard drenched everyone.

(The word wet after hard is superfluous)

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