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Note 71 – The word ‘but’

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – If you would prefer to dive straight into note 71, then please read on…

The word ‘but’

The word ‘but’ is a coordinating conjunction.  According to John Seely in his book the Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, it is used to link together two words (see 1), two phrases (see 2) or two clauses (see 3).

Here are some examples:

  1. Sunny but cold
  2. Sunny through the window but cold outside
  3. It’s a sunny day but it’s cold outside

Please feel free to comment on this blog if you wish and as mentioned before I am happy to take requests on the subject of grammar/punctuationmmar/writing tips or similar.  I’ve had a fantastic weekend, hope you’ve enjoyed yours.

Until tomorrow…


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John Seely  The Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, USA


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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