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This connector is still used, but is on the way out. The reason for this
is that the long CC link (see examples below) blocks the connection of
the head-verb to the wall (via the
WV link). More or less equivalent
coordination can be acheived with the
Xx link, which connects to the
wall, instead of the first noun. By connecting to the wall, the
Xx link does not block the verb-wall connection.
CC is used mainly to connect clauses to coordinating conjunctions.
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John screamed when I arrived but Sue left
CC is used with coordinating conjunctions only, and it links
to the subject of the previous main clause. Subordinating
conjunctions, by contrast (like "when" and "after"), link to
the main verb of the previous clause, main or dependent. See
"W: Coordinating Conjunctions"; and also the
Another use of CC is in conditional constructions like this
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I would have seen you, had you been there
I would do it, were it possible
Here, CCq is used. Instead of linking to the subject of the
following clause, the CCq links to a following auxiliary
(either "had" or "were"), which is then forced to use an
"SI*j+", creating subject-verb inversion. Conditional
expressions can also be used as openers in this way: "Had you
been there, I would have seen you". For this, COp is used. For
this purpose, "had" and "were" have a special "SI*j+ & (CCq-
or COp+)" expression.
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