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    Conjunction after a linking verb

    Hi everyone, I'm confused about if I can use a conjunction after a linking verb. ex:

    It is because I'm tired.

    The result is as it is expected.

    Everything is as it is supposed to be.

    Are there any other examples of using a conjunction after a linking verb?

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ronmecer View Post
    Hi everyone, I'm confused about if I can use a conjunction after a linking verb. ex:

    It is because I'm tired.

    The result is as it is expected.

    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) I have checked my books and the Web, so I am delighted to share some ideas.

    I do NOT claim that my comments are correct. Only a teacher's comments can be

    guaranteed as correct.

    (2) IT IS BECAUSE I AM TIRED

    (a) I believe that "is because" is considered "correct" English.

    (b) For many years, many well-educated and important people have used this

    construction (kind of sentence). Here are a few examples:

    "Is it because liberty in the abstract ...?" Edmund Burke in 1790. (He was a famous political thinker.)

    "Perhaps this staunchness was because Knight ever ...." Thomas Hardy in 1873. (He was a famous novelist.)

    "This is largely because they take care of each other." Herbert Hoover in 1951. (He was the 31st president of the United States of America.

    (c) CAREFUL: There is one exception. Many books and teachers say that if your

    sentence begins with the word "reason," then it is better to say/write:

    The reason is that I am tired.

    (3) THE RESULT IS AS IT WAS EXPECTED.

    (a) I believe that this is fine.

    (b) Here is an example from a book used by many teachers:

    "It was (just) as I imagined." (= It was similar to what I imagined.)

    (c) So I guess that your sentence is something like:

    The result is (just) as it was expected. ( = The result is similar to what was expected.)

    (d) IMPORTANT POINT: Native speakers often delete (remove) some words between

    "as" and "expected." They just say "as expected." Here are two examples from

    Google books:

    "This result is as expected." (The words "it was" have been deleted.)

    The result was as expected: the rope fell ....


    Sources: Webster's Dictionary of English Usage./ A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language.

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    Only a teacher's comments can be guaranteed as correct.
    I'm afraid not, Parser.

    The teachers often disagree and make mistakes, and your own well-researched and scholarly contributions are as valid and as welcome as most others.

    The forum offers no guarantees of absolute accuracy.

    Rover

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The teachers often disagree and make mistakes,
    No, we don't!

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Oh yes, we do!

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    The phrase "is because" is undeniably common in ordinary speech but widely disparaged by grammatical sticklers. Had I been his editor, I would have asked even Burke to use is it that rather than is it because. Your other conjunctions after is, however, seem impeccable.

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No, we don't!
    Ooooooooooooooooooooh, yes we do!

    (Disagree, that is - not make mistakes! )

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ronmecer View Post
    Hi everyone, I'm confused about if I can use a conjunction after a linking verb. ex:

    It is because I'm tired.

    The result is as it is expected.

    Everything is as it is supposed to be.

    Are there any other examples of using a conjunction after a linking verb?
    As the parser has explained, it most certainly is possible. Note, however, that your second example should read either (less naturally)

    The result is as it is expected to be.

    or (more naturally)

    The result is as expected.

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by transcribbler View Post
    The phrase "is because" is undeniably common in ordinary speech but widely disparaged by grammatical sticklers. Had I been his editor, I would have asked even Burke to use is it that rather than is it because. Your other conjunctions after is, however, seem impeccable.
    'It is that' sounds very stuffy to me. Who are these 'grammar sticklers' who object to because - and why?

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    Re: Conjunction after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Ooooooooooooooooooooh, yes we do!

    (Disagree, that is - not make mistakes! )
    Don't.


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