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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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...

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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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