Conjunction misuse

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I have a problem with conjunction misuse in the following example: “nevertheless he was also involved in a fight earlier but did not get caught.”

asked Apr 02 '11 at 14:11 nhial Mayar New member

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Corrections:

 

"nevertheless'' should be capitalised

 

comma after 'earlier'.

link comment answered Apr 04 '11 at 15:19 Kimberly Expert
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Kimberly's correction is incorrect. Your sentence should read, "Nevertheless, he was also involved in a fight earlier but did not get caught."

 

"Nevertheless" is a conjunctive adverb and should be separated from the rest of your sentence with a comma.

 

There should NOT be a comma after "earlier" because the remainder of the sentence cannot stand alone as an independent clause. If you add the word "he" after "but," you would then include a comma BEFORE the "but."

 

RIGHT:  "Nevertheless, he was also involved in a fight earlier but did not get caught."

RIGHT:  "Nevertheless, he was also involved in a fight earlier, but he did not get caught."

WRONG: "Nevertheless, he was also involved in a fight earlier but, did not get caught." (comma splice/run-on sentence)

 

 

 

link comment edited Apr 20 '11 at 14:35 Cherisa Zafft New member

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