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I am curious: is it proper usage of grammar to use these words together : Fairly quickly ex: We responded to the fire call fairly quickly.
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Sonja from Greensboro, NC asks...
When exactly do you use the word 'but' in a sentence or use the comma before but?
Anne answers...
'But' is a conjunction. It joins things together. In the sentence, "I am sad but hopeful" but joins sad and hopeful without a comma. The comma is used when but joins two equal thoughts that could be individual sentences. For example, "I went to the store, but I couldn't find a dress for the party."
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