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Connectives / Conjunctions 01
You should wait for the glue to dry. Then you can begin the painting. The conjunction is the word 'Then'.

Connectives / Conjunctions 01

Connectives and conjunctions are used to join ideas together. Using lots of simple sentences sounds choppy. Here's an example: 'I like toast. I really like toast with butter. I really like toast with honey. I don't like cold toast.' It would be much better to write: 'I like toast, especially with butter and honey, but I don't like it when it's cold.' Conjunctions, such as 'especially', 'and', 'but' and 'when', join ideas within a sentence. Connectives link ideas between different sentences.

Try to spot them in this English quiz.

Read the sentences and find the connectives and conjunctions.
  1. We bought some new clothes and we saw a film.
    3 - 'And' is one of the most common conjunctions - here it joins two simple sentences to make a compound sentence
  2. I wanted to play basketball, but everyone else wanted to play cricket.
    2 - 'But' is used to contrast two ideas
  3. He began to feel hungry, so he decided to make a sandwich.
    1 - 'So' expresses the cause-and-effect relationship between feeling hungry and deciding to make a sandwich
  4. I was feeling bored because all of my friends were on holiday.
    3 - 'Because' also shows a cause-and-effect relationship between ideas
  5. My uncle is an expert at chess, whereas I am only a beginner.
    4 - 'Whereas' is used to contrast ideas
  6. We were tired when the train finally arrived.
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  7. As well as cycling, Helen enjoys playing badminton on her day off.
    1 - Here the simple sentences being joined would be: Helen enjoys playing badminton on her day off. Helen enjoys cycling on her day off
  8. We could always play a board game if the rain doesn't stop.
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  9. We thought the cave was too dark to explore. The dog, however, had other ideas.
    4 - 'However' is a connective. It connects the ideas in these two sentences. Using connectives in this way helps your writing to flow smoothly
  10. You should wait for the glue to dry. Then you can begin the painting.
    3 - The conjunction 'then' is useful for sequencing ideas in time: 'first', 'then', 'after that' and 'finally' are used in this way

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