Common mistakes with conjunctions
In this article, we will take a look at some common mistakes in the use of conjunctions.
Incorrect: Although she was tired, but she went to work.
Correct: Although she was tired, she went to work.
Correct: She was tired but she went to work.
Incorrect: Though he is fat but he runs fast.
Correct: Though he is fat he runs fast.
Correct: He is fat but he runs fast.
One conjunction is enough to join two clauses – we do not normally use two.
Incorrect: He was absent. Because he was ill.
Correct: He was absent because he was ill.
This is a common punctuation mistake. Because is a subordinating conjunction; it must never be separated from its main clause by a full stop.
Incorrect: There is the girl who she works with my brother.
Correct: There is the girl who works with my brother.
Incorrect: She never returns the books that I lend her them.
Correct: She never returns the books that I lend her.
Relative pronouns join clauses like conjunctions. A relative pronoun is like the subject or object of the verb that comes after it. So we do not need another subject or object.
Incorrect: The house that I live is very small.
Correct: The house where I live is very small.
Correct: The house that I live in is very small.
That can be used instead of which or who(m), but we do not usually use that instead of when or where.