Connectives / Conjunctions
She had no sooner entered the house than the phone rang.

Connectives / Conjunctions

A conjunction (connective) is a part of speech that connects or shows the relationship between words, phrases, clauses or sentences. Here are some examples of typical conjunctions:

  • and
  • but
  • so
  • or
  • yet
  • if
  • because
  • still
  • unless
  • both

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  1. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    ___ he can speak English, his accent is not very good.
    A contrast is being made: on the one hand he can speak English; on the other hand, his accent is not very good
  2. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    ___ you tell him, I shall not be your friend any more.
    If you do something, something will happen
  3. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    The employees were thrilled ___ their rights had been recognized by the court.
    Here, 'since' is used as a conjunction with the meaning 'for the reason that'; 'because'. Note: in 'He has lived here since he was a boy', 'since' is used as a preposition. In 'He left last night, and I haven't seen him since', 'since' is used as an adverb
  4. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    I won't go ___ it stops raining.
    Something won't happen if something else doesn't happen
  5. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    She had no sooner entered the house ___ the phone rang.
    Than (as a conjunction) is used in expressions that show one thing happening immediately after another. BUT it is used as a preposition in order to introduce the second element in a comparison: 'she was much cleverer than her brother'
  6. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    Peter ___ Mary both like strawberry ice cream.
    Both of them like ice cream
  7. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    He was picked for the job ___ he spoke German.
    He spoke German - that's why he got the job
  8. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    He doesn't want to do it, and ___ do I.
    'Nor' is used before the second of two or more alternatives (the first containing a negative such as ‘neither’ or ‘not’) to show that they are both untrue or that both do not occur
  9. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    You can have lemonade ___ Coca-Cola.
    You have a choice
  10. Choose which is the best conjunction to fill the gap.
    He knows the answer, ___ he won't tell me!
    'but' introduces an element of surprise or disbelief

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