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

A. we maybe have no choice, but to
B. it may be we have no choice but to
C. we maybe have no choice but to
D. we may have no choice, but to
E. we may have no choice but to

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

A. we maybe have no choice, but to
B. it may be we have no choice but to
C. we maybe have no choice but to
D. we may have no choice, but to
E. we may have no choice but to

In this sentence the adverb maybe is inappropriate for expressing the possibility of bringing a lawsuit; may is correct. Additionally, the comma before the conjunction but is incorrect.
  1. Maybe is incorrect, and the comma before but is unnecessary.
  2. This option breaks up the word maybe, but is awkward and wordy.
  3. The adverb maybe is inappropriate for expressing conditional tense.
  4. A comma before the conjunction but is incorrect.
  5. This option identifies the correct use of the word may to express the possibility of a lawsuit, and the comma before but has been eliminated.

Answer: E
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I want to understand the differences between usage of "but" with and without comma.
Can you please share more examples on the usage of "but" ?
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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Not sure why but cannot be used to connect two independent clauses. Here is an example from MGMAT SC 6th edition. page no. 47.

Lin drove to work, but Guy rode his bike.
Here but is a conjunction connecting two independent clauses.
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dharan wrote:
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Not sure why but cannot be used to connect two independent clauses. Here is an example from MGMAT SC 6th edition. page no. 47.

Lin drove to work, but Guy rode his bike.
Here but is a conjunction connecting two independent clauses.


Of course "but" can be used to join two independent clauses. The erroneous sentence has been removed. However that does not affect the answer choice.
Thank you for pointing out.
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Bunuel wrote:
If the building’s contractor does not agree to repair the damages caused during renovation, we maybe have no choice, but to bring a lawsuit.

A. we maybe have no choice, but to
B. it may be we have no choice but to
C. we maybe have no choice but to
D. we may have no choice, but to
E. we may have no choice but to


the answer should be D. But is a conjunction and comma in front of but is acceptable.
Please help me understand this.
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New post 30 Oct 2018, 02:01
Just because , I got this one incorrect.
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A comma before the conjunction but is incorrect.

Does it work for all Conjunction. Could you explain GMATNinja Bunuel
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