Conjunctions :

LEST : (conjunction)

LEST is used in order that the stated thing shoud not happen.
LEST means in case.

1. I am afraid lest he should be offended.

Note :

LEST expresses a negative purpose.
LEST means in order that…..not.
LEST means for fear that.

1. I was alarmed lest we should be imprisoned.
2. The modern idiomatic construction after LEST is SHOULD.

WHILE : (conjunction)


WHILE means during the time that….

1. The guests arrived while we were busy, preparing for the journey.

While : although

1. While I understand what you say, I can't agree with you.
2. While I have no cash, you trouble me.

ONLY : (conjunction) ONLY means except that….
ONLY means but….
ONLY means were it not….

1. I want to go, only I haven't got enough money.
2. She is a very beautiful lady, only she is somewhat dark.
3. The day is fine, only rather hot.

EXCEPT : (conjunction)

EXCEPT means apart from….

1. My wife can do everything around the house except cook.
2. The road was empty except for a few cars.
3. She would have left her husband years ago except for the children.
4. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.

WITHOUT : (conjunction)

As conjunction, it is not in use now in Modern English.

BECAUSE denotes the closest casual conjunction.

FOR denotes the weakest form of conjunction.

SINCE as conjunction it comes between the two.


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