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    Disjuncts and Conjuncts?

    I'm having trouble grasping the concepts behind disjuncts and conjuncts. I believe that an adverb can modify a whole sentence, and is set off with a comma(s) when used in this way, but I'm still not certain how it relates grammatically to the whole.

    As an example: Take it, then, If you so desire.

    In the above sentence, does then modify the sentence as a whole, or is it functioning in another way?

    I will take it then. (at a specific time)
    I will take it, then. Then, I will take it. I will, then, take it. (as a matter of fact?)

    Then | Define Then at Dictionary.com
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjunctive_adverb

    Any help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    Last edited by Eric Davis; 02-Apr-2010 at 01:56.

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    Re: Disjuncts and Conjuncts?

    Hello Eric Davis, I'm not a teacher, but I hope my advice can help you!

    You are using "then" as an adverb. "Then" describes when you took something.

    "Then" can also be used as an idiom. An example would be something like this: "But then, I could use 'then' differently."

    I hope this helps.

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    Re: Disjuncts and Conjuncts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gnome View Post
    Hello Eric Davis, I'm not a teacher, but I hope my advice can help you!

    You are using "then" as an adverb. "Then" describes when you took something.

    "Then" can also be used as an idiom. An example would be something like this: "But then, I could use 'then' differently."

    I hope this helps.

    I offer my thanks for your thoughts, G. Much of it, undoubtedly, depends on the use of the word, the fine points of which escape my understanding.

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    Re: Disjuncts and Conjuncts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Davis View Post
    I'm having trouble grasping the concepts behind disjuncts and conjuncts.
    They only exist in the Quirkian taxonomy. In transformational grammar, you will not find these terms.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Davis View Post
    As an example: Take it, then, If you so desire.
    'then' is a temporal adjunct in the sentence. It modifies 'take'.

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