Vocabulary Building (Discourse Markers) 01
The word "while" is a discourse marker In the sentence "The toddler held the ice cream, while the little dog ate it."

Vocabulary Building (Discourse Markers) 01

In English, some words help to develop ideas, e.g. 'therefore', 'furthermore' or 'nonetheless'; these are called discourse markers and are usually used in formal writing or speaking situations.

Play this quiz to familiarise yourself with discourse markers and then start using them in your writing and speech.

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  1. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    It rained all day, ......., we still went swimming in the sea.
  2. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    Ten people were invited, ......., a waiting list was compiled.
  3. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    They have all completed their tests, ......., I'm way behind.
    They have all completed their tests, as for me, I'm way behind
  4. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    He ate ice cream and she ordered coffee, ....... I chose pizza.
    He ate ice cream and she ordered coffee, while I chose pizza
  5. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    It rained all day, ......., we didn't swim in the sea.
    'Consequently' = 'as a result'
  6. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    You are very late but ....... I'm concerned, you can join in.
  7. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    The athletes swim firstly, run secondly and ....... they cycle.
    'Firstly, secondly and lastly' all link and develop ideas
  8. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    ....... the letter I sent you last week, I wish to discuss the bill.
  9. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    He ate chocolate and I drank tea, she ....... wanted a meal.
    He ate chocolate and I drank tea, she on the other hand wanted a meal
  10. Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
    You are late, ......., you may not sit the examination.

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