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Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions – e.g. “while”, “though”, “however”, “despite”, “because”, “since” – imply that one condition in a sentence depends on (i.e. is subordinate to) another. Commonly, they are used to indicate exceptions to a rule or highlight an alternative.

Compound Verbs

A compound verb is a combination of two verbs: 1) A so-called “auxiliary” verb – meaning, basically, an “additional” verb, and 2) a participle – past or present – that is essentially the “main” verb and that follows the auxiliary verb.

i.e. vs. e.g.

Consider the following pairs of examples: Here is a variety of dry fruits, i.e., fruits that are dried to remove moisture. Eddy is fond of eating dry fruits, e.g., fig, apricot, raisins, prunes, dates, etc. The hospital is working towards prevention of communicable diseases, i.e., infectious diseases that are transmitted from person to person. The […]