RE: And then ...

Subject: RE: And then ...
From: "Sarah Blake" <Sarah -dot- Blake -at- microfocus -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:21:35 -0000

> You were told correctly. "Then" is not a conjunction and shouldn't be
> as one.

Then what /is/ it? It is, after all, a word whose only use is to join
two separate clauses in a specific (temporally ordered) way.

On a quick Google, I can find statements along the lines of 'Yes, it's a
conjunction, but it's not a /coordinating conjunction/ and therefore
can't be used alone to join two sentences', but I'm frankly none the
wiser as to, well, why not.

And after a couple of years of reading LanguageLog, 'because Strunk and
White / other grammar 'experts' say so' is not an answer I'm willing to
accept :)


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