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    Mary goes out at night, but/whereas John likes to stay at home.

    "Mary likes to go out at night, but John likes to stay at home." Are there two independent clauses in this sentence, or one independent and one dependent clause connected by the coordinating conjunction "but"?

    And what if we use a subordinating conjunction "whereas"? "Mary likes to go out at night, whereas John likes to stay at home." Now there's one independent clause "Mary likes to go out at night" and one dependent clause "whereas John likes to stay at home". Correct?

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    Re: Mary goes out at night, but/whereas John likes to stay at home.

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    "Mary likes to go out at night, but John likes to stay at home." Are there two independent clauses in this sentence, or one independent and one dependent clause connected by the coordinating conjunction "but"?

    And what if we use a subordinating conjunction "whereas"? "Mary likes to go out at night, whereas John likes to stay at home." Now there's one independent clause "Mary likes to go out at night" and one dependent clause "whereas John likes to stay at home". Correct?
    There are two independent clauses "Mary like to go out at night", "John likes to stay at home".

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    Re: Mary goes out at night, but/whereas John likes to stay at home.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There are two independent clauses "Mary like to go out at night", "John likes to stay at home".
    But are there still two independent clauses if I use the subordinating coordinator "whereas", or does the usage of this coordinator create the dependent clause "whereas John likes to stay at home." ?

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