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Grammar 24 - Connectors - Presenting a Different Idea
"Some flowers bloom in summer, whereas others bloom in winter." - Here WHEREAS is a connector.

Grammar 24 - Connectors - Presenting a Different Idea

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.

1.
"He went on a planned diet, aspiring to become lean and attractive. He became inactive due to malnutrition."
Which of the following uses a suitable connector to link the two sentences?
He went on a planned diet, aspiring to become lean and attractive. In other words he became inactive due to malnutrition.
He went on a planned diet, aspiring to become lean and attractive. Nevertheless he became inactive due to malnutrition.
He went on a planned diet, aspiring to become lean and attractive. Namely he became inactive due to malnutrition.
He went on a planned diet, aspiring to become lean and attractive. In fact he became inactive due to malnutrition.
'Nevertheless' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
2.
"The elder brother is poor; _______, his younger brother is rich."
Fill the blank with an appropriate connector, choosing from the following.
however
also
incidentally
instead
'However' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
3.
"He's stinking rich; ____________, he's not snobbish."
Fill the blank with an appropriate connector, choosing from the following.
therefore
thus
nevertheless
as a result
'Nevertheless' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
4.
Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
The next morning she crept out of the room silently for instance he slept.
The next morning she crept out of the room silently for example he slept.
The next morning she crept out of the room silently while he slept.
The next morning she crept out of the room silently to illustrate he slept.
'While' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
5.
Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
Maybe he thought she would change her mind, nonetheless it wasn't going to happen.
Maybe he thought she would change her mind, nevertheless it wasn't going to happen.
Maybe he thought she would change her mind, alternatively it wasn't going to happen.
Maybe he thought she would change her mind, but it wasn't going to happen.
'But' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
6.
"The resort did not provide amenities needed for our children. It ensured a grand vacation for all of us."
Which of the following uses a suitable connector to link the two sentences?
The resort did not provide some amenities needed for our children. As for, it ensured a grand vacation for all of us.
The resort did not provide some amenities needed for our children. With respect to, it ensured a grand vacation for all of us.
The resort did not provide some amenities needed for our children. Regarding, it ensured a grand vacation for all of us.
The resort did not provide some amenities needed for our children. However, it ensured a grand vacation for all of us.
'However' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
7.
Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
Some flowers only bloom in summer; whereas some do so in winter.
Some flowers only bloom in summer; moreover, some do so in winter.
Some flowers only bloom in summer; furthermore, some do so in winter.
Some flowers only bloom in summer; in addition, some do so in winter.
'Whereas' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
8.
"AIDS cannot be cured. It can be prevented."
Which of the following uses a suitable connector to link the two sentences?
AIDS cannot be cured but it can be prevented.
AIDS cannot be cured importantly it can be prevented.
AIDS cannot be cured primarily it can be prevented.
AIDS cannot be cured significantly it can be prevented.
'But' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
9.
"Coffee growers in Chickmagalur are facing resource crunch. ___________, the authorities are not offering any help."
Fill the blank with an appropriate connector, choosing from the following.
By comparison
All the same
In any case
Nonetheless
'Nonetheless' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
10.
"We live in the same apartment block; _______, we hardly ever meet."
Fill the blank with an appropriate connector, choosing from the following.
similarly
however
likewise
as well as
'However' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are not used for presenting a different idea
Author:  V T Narendra

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