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IDENTIFYING DIFFERENT PARTS OF SPEECH

HOW IS THE WORD "BUT" USED IN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE? MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT COLUMBUS WAS POOR WHEN HE DIED IN 1506, BUT HE WAS ACTUALLY QUITE WEALTHY. IS THE WORD "BUT" A CONJUNCTION OR A PREPOSITION IN THAT SENTENCE? PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWER.

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In this sentence "but" is used to indicate that the belief that Columbus was poor was a fallacy. You use a co-ordinating conjunction ("and," "but," "or," "nor," "for," "so," or "yet") to join individual words, phrases, and independent clauses. Note that you can also use the conjunctions "but" and "for" as prepositions. An example of an independent clause is, "the Prime Minister is in London". ...

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