In the previous High English quiz we looked at connectors that add information. In this quiz we take a look at connectors that present a different idea.
Often we have to contend with choices. We could be teachers in a school handling 30 students, each one different from another. We could be parents of three or four children. We know how unique each child is. For instance, one child likes history and another child excels in science. One child likes a blue frock and the other child likes a yellow dress. In real life, we find situations where we have to discern between these choices. Let us take some examples to illustrate the point:
‘Ayesha likes music classes.’ and ‘Joseph likes reading.’
These are two separate and complete sentences. If we want to combine the sentences into a single sentence, we can do so by using connectors that include BUT, WHEREAS and WHILE. The above two sentences can be combined in several different ways:
‘Ayesha likes music classes, BUT Joseph likes reading.’
'Ayesha likes music classes, WHEREAS Joseph likes reading.’
‘Ayesha likes music classes, WHILE Joseph likes reading.’
Note that a comma has been inserted. Both WHERAS and WHILE can appear at the beginning of the sentence, whereas BUT cannot.
Sometimes, other connectors are also made use of, such as HOWEVER, NEVERTHELESS and NONETHELESS in formal writing. These words are used to present an unexpected idea or a different idea, as in the following:
'My grandfather wasn’t tired. HOWEVER, he took a nap.’
The quiz that follows exposes you to the different ways in which connectors are used to present a different idea.