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    But because

    My students have regularly been writing sentences which baffle me grammatically. They write a simple or compound sentence, then they follow it with the coordinating conjunction but followed by the subordinating conjunction because. Can because follow but in a sentence? I think it is a jumble of conjuctions, but I am not sure if this is acceptable because it is done so often.

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    Re: But because

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    My students have regularly been writing sentences which baffle me grammatically. They write a simple or compound sentence, then they follow it with the coordinating conjunction but followed by the subordinating conjunction because. Can because follow but in a sentence? I think it is a jumble of conjuctions, but I am not sure if this is acceptable because it is done so often.
    In parallel constructs it works:


    • ...not because of this, but because of that.

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    Re: But because

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    My students have regularly been writing sentences which baffle me grammatically. They write a simple or compound sentence, then they follow it with the coordinating conjunction but followed by the subordinating conjunction because. Can because follow but in a sentence? I think it is a jumble of conjuctions, but I am not sure if this is acceptable because it is done so often.
    "He was away from school for five days. But, because he had a doctor's certificate, he wasn't punished."
    Naturally you wouldn't accept this if you believe you shouldn't start a sentence with 'but'. But otherwise I can't see a problem.
    This is similar to "However, because he had ... ".
    I would say that, strictly, a comma after 'but' is necessary, though no ambiguity exists, as it does with 'however', however.

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