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Use of linkers



emnaguefrech
Tunisia

Use of linkers
 
Hi everyone! I�d like to ask you about using and or but or both in the following sentence :try surfing the net, it�s like using an encyclopedia index,..... it�s much more fun. Thanks😊

9 Feb 2020      



BLACK MOON
Tunisia

try surfing the net, its  like using an encyclopedia index and its much more fun.

9 Feb 2020     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Using and is neutral; using but implies that an encyclopedia index is not much fun at all. 

9 Feb 2020     



Engteachar
Argentina

"But" shows contrast, meaning that using an ecyclopedia is not as fun as surfing the net.

9 Feb 2020     



yanogator
United States

Actually, either choice implies that the index isnt fun, since the internet is "much more fun". Either choice is correct, but I would use "and", because the sentence is giving two good things about the internet, without really intending to contrast them.
 
Also, you need a semi-colon after "Try surfing the net", since you are connecting two independent clauses.
 
 
Bruce 

9 Feb 2020     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Just as an afterthought, I used to have a headteacher - an English graduate, none less - who had a thing about using but. He asked us all to think very hard before using but because of its negativity (his word). So, he was a great headteacher and a bit weird. 

10 Feb 2020     



redcamarocruiser
United States

Great example, Lynne! 😊

10 Feb 2020     



emnaguefrech
Tunisia

thank you all so much!

10 Feb 2020     



titty78
Italy

thank you all so much!

13 Feb 2020