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The Concessive Conjunct However


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Title: The Concessive Conjunct However
Authors: Sonoda, Kenji
Issue Date: Jun-2003
Citation: 長崎大学医学部保健学科紀要 = Bulletin of Nagasaki University School of Health Sciences. 2003, 16(1), p.45-50
Abstract: But is a conjunction, and it cannot be placed except at the beginning of a sentence. But however, the concessive conjunct similar in meaning to but, is an adverb, and it can be placed anywhere: at the beginning, in the midst, or at the end, of a sentence. Although the placement of however largely depends upon contrast or emphasis, it would not be so troublesome for non-native speakers of English to place it at the beginning, or at the end, of a sentence. The most difficult part for them will be where in a sentence to place however because its placement is affected by subjects, auxiliaries, verbs, etc. When native speakers place however within a sentence, they may possibly be doing so, based on certain tendencies non-native speakers are not aware of. And it is the objective of this article to investigate those tendencies, if any. The results of my survey attained from a large number of examples suggest that while there are some cases in which there may be not so clear-cut tendencies, there are certainly a number of cases in which tendencies are obviously to be seen.
Keywords: however / a linking adverb / placement
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/18002
ISSN: 09160841
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 16, No. 1

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/18002

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