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There are many transitional words in English learning, such as 'but, yet, however, nonetheless, whereas... I am just a little confused to distinguish them. I wonder the difference among them is the use of comma. For example, in common circumstances, 'but' is not allowed to follow the comma. But i do not know whether i am right and the use of theother transitional words. I am just awaiting for your ideas. Thank you very much.^O^

Dec 12, 2014 8:34 AM
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I will look at them carefully. thank you.

December 12, 2014

@ Bruce, thank you for your reply.

December 12, 2014

  Basically,  it is only  on the rare occasion,  that BUT is used as the first word of the sentences.

This generally is to be avoided;   but there are exceptions.


  In spite of all constraints,  sometimes it just seems necessary to start a  sequential sentences  with a  "But".

December 12, 2014




Alternatively Julie,   it may be that  you are trying to  write lengthy sentences,  when shorter ones will work better, thus eliminating the need for the use of the semicolon followed by the word but;   but we do not know if you are trying to write lengthy sentences.


  Howsoever the case may be,   you may need to write shorter sentences; but we cannot know exactly what kind of sentences you are trying to compose,  unless you give examples for us to examine, re-write, comment upon, and so forth.


  Notwithstanding,   I will certainly try to assist you with this matter;   but it would certainly help if you tried   composing a few sentences.


   Whereas you may be able to write  effective sentences which are very impressive,

without an actual examination of your sentences, little correction can be offered;  but I will try to assist you.


  Therefore,  let us continue with an examination of this subject;  but if  I had your e-mail address,  I would send you some  examples with greater ease.


 Furthermore,   I have sufficient time to assist you,  so it is not a difficulty;  but I do not know of course,  if you have sufficient time to study the lesson materials.


    Beyond that,  I can offer these humble sentences and add still others to your study matierial;

but I have no way of knowing if it will really help you in this matter.



December 12, 2014

I think the problem is that you're "biting off more than you can chew", and that leads to your confusion.


Have a look at each single word. Look at definitions and examples. Make notes.  Yes, this will take time but it's far more useful to you than just wondering what the difference is. Also, have a closer look at how a comma works.  I really think you're looking for an easy trick when one doesn't actually exist.

December 12, 2014
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