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Hello

Could someone please help me out with this question please?

I need to know The uses and functions/meanings of the conjunction and

It's part of my essay question I need to explain what and means in sentences of a novel of my choice, the thing is I have to write about 1500-2000 words but I can only find simple information on what and means so how can I elaborate in more details?

Examples of what I need to write about:

"Great Expectations"
"Now, it was all coarse and common, and I would not have had Miss Havisham and Estella see it on any account."

I would really appreciate if anyone could tell me how to explain the use of and in that line.
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Am sorry could someone please tell me how to edit the previous post? I typed that before I registered.
You can't really edit it. You may want to repost the corrected version, but pls do it in this same thread.
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What I would do is use the different forms of 'and' in examples from a book. In fact, I would start with #1 and work my way through the defined meaning of 'and'. Using the examples you find you can display how the word and is very versatile.
This is from dictionary.com:
1.( . used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses) along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides; also; moreover: pens and pencils.
2.added to; plus: 2 and 2 are 4.
3.then: He read for an hour and went to bed.
4.also, at the same time: to sleep and dream.
5.then again; repeatedly: He coughed and coughed.
6.(used to imply different qualities in things having the same name): There are bargains and bargains, so watch out.
7.(used to introduce a sentence, implying continuation) also; then: And then it happened.
8.Informal. to (used between two finite verbs): Try and do it. Call and see if she's home yet.
9.(used to introduce a consequence or conditional result): He felt sick and decided to lie down for a while. Say one more word about it and I'll scream.
10.but; on the contrary: He tried to run five miles and couldn't. They said they were about to leave and then stayed for two more hours.
11.(used to connect alternatives): He felt that he was being forced to choose between his career and his family.
12.(used to introduce a comment on the preceding clause): They don't like each other—and with good reason.
13.Archaic. if: and you please. Compare an 2.
–noun
14.an added condition, stipulation, detail, or particular: He accepted the job, no ands or buts about it.
15.conjunction (def. 5b).
—Idioms
16.and so forth, and the like; and others; et cetera: We discussed traveling, sightseeing, and so forth.
17.and so on, and more things or others of a similar kind; and the like: It was a summer filled with parties, picnics, and so on.
Thank You LufiaLillystorm for trying to help out!

Like I said before I did google around and I came across that page, but still I can't seem to write 1500 words based on that small amount of information only, am actually completely lost with this question the only right thing I did is finding a good extract novel that contains alot of "and" but the problem is how do I explain their function in each sentence.
Could someone please help me out with this question please?

I need to know The uses and functions/meaning of and in this part of short story.



Tim Maly

Time, Again

Before we met, you showed me your diary.

I must confess that I am still confused by this sequence of events, as, I imagine, you must be confused by my decision to leave your life so suddenly. I've gone over everything in my head time and time again and I can't shake the feeling that, somehow, everything got mixed up. Though this may seem a flimsy reason to you, it is reason enough for me. I don't understand, so I'm going to leave.

Before we met, you showed me your diary and then we were having sex on the wooden floor of your living room. I still remember the way the plants filtered the sunlight and the sound of the tea kettle building up steam. Then our son was at the foot of the bed, asking me where you'd gone.

"I don't know," I told him, "I expect she'll be back soon."

Today I went into your study and found that you'd converted it into a gallery. The first photo of every roll of film we'd ever had developed was there, somewhere. I found that I could date every one, even the ones that hadn't happened yet. They seemed to go on forever, a jumbled mess of happy memories, each one partially obscured by blinding white light. I knocked over a jar full of tacks but when I went to pick them up I was overcome with vertigo and I had to leave.

We were making desperate love in your basement when you told me about spacetime. You said that the future is just as real as the past. You told me that just because you aren't there yet doesn't mean it isn't real. You said it was like still being real when you're in . You talked about personal time and light cones and folding space and I didn't understand anything except the way that your breasts moved and the way your breath misted in the cold. Then we were on a roller coaster and you were screaming and you said, "This is what it's going to be like all the time." A balloon seller lost hold of his wares and they floated majestically into the sky. It was beautiful.

After you introduced yourself, we resumed our date and I asked you again why you'd chosen a drive-in. You told me that you had a special soft spot in your heart for B-movies. You said that there was something endearing about the earnestness of it all. You said that they called out to our imaginations in a way that big budget films can no longer achieve. You said that all science fiction - no matter how dismal - was optimistic in that it assumed that there would be a future at all. We were in a board room and you were explaining to the assembled group of investors about the Machine. They were smiling and nodding. They didn't really understand but experts had told them that your idea showed promise and, after all, a war was on. The coffee tasted terrible and I kept fidgeting in my seat. You were radiant. No one thought to ask what would happen if the Machine broke.
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Hi,

We seem to have given you lots of help with this assignment, in this thread and in others. Really, you need to go through this long text and try to analyse it for yourself. If there are some parts that you have trouble with, then feel free to ask us, . . . but the assignment belongs to you.Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
Hallo Clive,

Actually, it was the first attempt for me to participate on this site, so I thought that if I sent the text, it will be not sent.

But I need to know wether am I right or not in my analyse of the meaning or the function of and in that text.

Please advice.



No


Sentence


Meaning of and


1


I've gone over everything in my head time and time again and I can't shake the feeling…..


It is used to imply different qualities in things having the same name


2 2


You showed me your diary and then we were having sex…..


It is used to introduce the sentence, implying continuation


3


I still remember the way the plants filtered the sunlight and the sound of the tea kettle….


It is used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses along or together.


4


Today I went into your study and found that you'd converted it …..


It is used to introduce a consequence or conditional result


5


I was overcome with vertigo and I had to leave….


It is used to introduce a consequence or conditional result


6


You talked about personal time and light cones and folding space and I didn't understand anything except.


First two ands are used to connect grammatically coordinate words.

Second and is used to introduce a consequence or conditional result


7


A balloon seller lost hold of his wares and they floated majestically into the sky.


It is used to introduce a consequence or conditional result


8


we resumed our date and I asked you again why you'd chosen a drive-in.


It function here as then.


9


We were in a board room and you were explaining to the assembled group of investors about the Machine


It gives the meaning of “while”. It also gives the meaning of the same time or also.


10


They were smiling and nodding


It functions as “also”, at the same time.


11


But experts had told them that your idea showed promise and, after all, a war was on.


It functions as “then”


12


The coffee tasted terrible and I kept fidgeting in my seat.


It is used to introduce a consequence or conditional result


Best regards

Azzam
Hi,

I guess it was someone else, then, who asked very similar questions.

Can you clarify what you are after, please. Are you looking at the grammatical functions of 'and', or at the way it adds various 'flavours of meaning' to the sentence? Or both?

You seem to be switching from one approach to the other a bit in your own analysis.

Best wishes, Clive
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