Phrases and Idioms Conjunctional Phrases:
|Although (or though)…..yet||Although he worked hard yet he could not get through the examination.|
|As long as||He remained hale and hearty as long as he took exercise.|
|Both…..and||Both he and his servant turned up in time.|
|But for||But for your help (Had you not helped me) I would have failed.|
|Either…..or||Either he or his friend is guilty.|
|In case||In case (If) it rains, we will not go to school.|
|In order that||He works hard in order that (so that) he may get a first-class.|
|No sooner…..than||No sooner did we leave home than it began to rain.|
|Not to speak of||Not to speak of fruit, even vegetables are not available here. (Note: What to speak of is no expression in English.)|
|Rather…..than||I would rather die than bear this dishonour.|
|Such…..as||I like such boys as are honest and hard working.|
|The same as||This is the same book as we read last week.|
|Whether…..or||You shall have to pay the fine whether you like it or not.|
|Somehow or other||I managed somehow or other to get this post.|
Note 1: “No sooner” is followed by “than” and not “when”.
Note 2: “Scarcely” and “hardly” are followed by “when” or “before” but not “than”.
Note 3: When a sentence begins with ‘no sooner’, ‘hardly’ or ‘scarcely’ it takes the interrogative form without the interrogative sign.
|No sooner I went out than it began to rain.||No sooner did I go out than it began to rain.|
|Hardly I had stepped out when I saw a serpent.||Hardly had I stepped out when I saw a serpent.|
So…..as is used in the negative sentences only.
As…..as is used in both the negative and positive sentences.