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For unless...?

Postby pdh0224 » Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:13 pm

Dear teacher,

For unless all the citizens of a state are forced by circumstances to compromise, unless they feel that they can affect policy but that no one can wholly dominate it, unless by habit and necessity they have to give and take, freedom cannot be maintained.

Q : "For unless..." is odd to me. How can a preposition "for" be placed before a conjunction "unless"?

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Postby Alan » Fri Oct 08, 2004 2:27 pm

'For' here is a coordinating conjunction (='because') used to introduce a sentence.

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