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# A} If the buildings contractor does not agree to repair the

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29 Aug 2009, 01:07
A} If the building’s contractor does not agree to repair the damages caused during renovation, we may have no choice, but to bring a lawsuit.

B} If the building’s contractor does not agree to repair the damages caused during renovation, we may have no choice but to bring a lawsuit.

do we need ',' here in the above sentences.... pls explain the general usage and in this context..
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29 Aug 2009, 01:24
I don't think comma is needed here. IMO B
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29 Aug 2009, 08:39
but can be used as a conjunction and a preposition.

When used as a conjunction, comma is needed.

When used as a preposition, but means except and no comma is required.

Here, it is used as a preposition, so no comma is required.
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24 Dec 2011, 04:33
There's a rule which says :

If we have two Independent Clauses we need to have a comma followed by FANBOYS ( for , and , nor , but , or , yet , so ) which was the case with option D i.e. we may have no choice, but to.

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08 Jun 2015, 00:43
Can Anyone Please explain to above Question.

FOR AND NOR BUT OR YET SO are co-ordinating conjunctions that join two independent clauses with comma.

In that Scenario Option A should be correct with comma preceded by but;

why B is the correct answer without comma.

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29 Jul 2017, 03:51
There's a rule which says :

If we have two Independent Clauses we need to have a comma followed by FANBOYS ( for , and , nor , but , or , yet , so ) which was the case with option D i.e. we may have no choice, but to.

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As you rightly said ",conjuction" is used to join two independent clauses, but in the given question the phrase following "but" is not an independent clause "to bring a law suit" cannot standalone. Hence D is incorrect
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12 Jul 2019, 02:38
"""""""""""""but can be used as a conjunction and a preposition.

When used as a conjunction, comma is needed.

When used as a preposition, but means except and no comma is required.

Here, it is used as a preposition, so no comma is required.""""""""""

Just neeed to confiem whether above explanation is reliable....??
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