[Grammar] Disjuncts and Conjuncts?

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Eric Davis

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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.
 
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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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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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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.

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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