Monday, February 27, 2012
This is a coupling device found on the front of an AMTrak engine parked at the Thompson Point train station on outer Congress Street. Let's pull out our dusty English grammar books this morning. Ah, the conjunction. The lonely conjunction is the part of speech that conjoins phrases, clauses, words or simple sentences. And by the way, there is no historical evidence that beginning sentences with these little connecting words (and, but, so etc) is wrong. Hey, have I ever told you about the time we found a small wheelbase of a train workcar off the track down back? Well, we did and we got boards out and made a floor for it, and for the next month or so we had transportation to the great fort we built down back, behind the cemetery. There were work tracks back there but with no trains. Someday, I'll tell that tale. Today, conjunctions... tomorrow, maybe we'll delve further into the role of the coordinating, correlative and subordinating conjunctions.