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Grammar 26 - Connectors - Expressing a Similar Idea
"Exercise will help you keep slim. In the same way, eating less will keep your weight down." - Here, IN THE SAME WAY is a connector.

Grammar 26 - Connectors - Expressing a Similar Idea

Communication involves transmitting ideas, and in order to ensure we communicate meaningfully we employ various tools. In the last four High English quizzes we have examined one of these tools, connectors. We continue with one more set of connectors - the one that is used to express similar ideas.

We have, probably, used these connectors without realising what they stood for. The connectors that express similar ideas are:

In the same way
Similarly
Likewise
Also
Correspondingly

The words used by themselves also point to an expression of similar ideas. Take a look at this sentence:

‘Generally, we are frightened of stray dogs. In the same way, stray dogs are also frightened of us.’

The above is a sentence which expresses a similar idea: that just as we are afraid of stray dogs, so are stray dogs afraid of us. We notice that the meaning of the connector words by themselves give the clue. In the above example we could have used all the other connectors in place of ‘in the same way’ except ‘correspondingly’ and ‘also.’ Here's another example:

‘We are not permitted to use our cell phones here. Similarly, we have to turn off the cell phones when we are in the study room.’

This is a sentence where one action in the first sentence is applicable to another action in the second sentence and we establish the similarity by using the connector ‘similarly.’ We also note that the connector word by itself gives a clue.

The quizzes that we attempted earlier had multiple choice answers. Similarly, the quizzes that follow will have multiple choice answers. Did we notice a connector word in the previous two sentences? If not, take the quiz and learn about the connectors used to express similar ideas!

1.
Choose the pair of sentences with the correct use of a connector.
The queue at the time clock is long when employees come in to the factory. Likewise, the queue at the time clock is long when employees leave the factory.
The queue at the time clock is long when employees come in to the factory. For instance, the queue at the time clock is long when employees leave the factory.
The queue at the time clock is long when employees come in to the factory. On the contrary, the queue at the time clock is long when employees leave the factory.
The queue at the time clock is long when employees come in to the factory. Even though, the queue at the time clock is long when employees leave the factory.
'Likewise' is the appropriate connector. We could have also used 'in the same way' and 'similarly.' The other options use inappropriate connectors besides being grammatically wrong
2.
Choose the pair of sentences with the correct use of a connector.
Bangalore railway station is busy between 7 and 10 AM. As a result, the station is busy between 6 and 8 PM.
Bangalore railway station is busy between 7 and 10 AM. On account of, the station is busy between 6 and 8 PM.
Bangalore railway station is busy between 7 and 10 AM. Nevertheless, the station is busy between 6 and 8 PM.
Bangalore railway station is busy between 7 and 10 AM. Similarly, the station is busy between 6 and 8 PM.
'Similarly' is the appropriate connector. We could have also used 'in the same way' and 'likewise.' The other options use inappropriate connectors besides being grammatically wrong
3.
"Flavour in a cigar is provided by the tobacco used to fill it. _________, the wrapper that is made of tobacco leaf also contributes to the flavour."
Choose the appropriate connector to fill up the blank from the following.
Incidentally
Consequently
As a result
Similarly
'Similarly' is the connector that is appropriate. Note that we could have also used 'likewise' and 'in the same way.' The connectors in the other options are inappropriate
4.
"Exercising more will help you keep slim. _____________, controlling your diet will ensure you will not gain weight."
Choose the appropriate connector to fill up the blank from the following.
For example
For instance
In the same way
As a result
'In the same way' is the connector that is appropriate. Note that we could have also used 'similarly' and 'likewise.' The connectors in the other options are inappropriate
5.
Choose the sentence with the correct use of a connector.
The town's population has increased, and likewise, so has the number of policemen.
The town's population has increased, and for example, so has the number of policemen.
The town's population has increased, and with respect to, so has the number of policemen.
The town's population has increased, and to begin with, so has the number of policemen.
'Likewise' is the appropriate connector. The sentences in the other options not only use inappropriate connectors but also are grammatically wrong
6.
"The Chief Minister wants to meet the Prime Minister when he is New-Delhi. ____, he wants to meet the Finance Minister."
Choose the appropriate connector to fill up the blank from the following.
Above all
Indeed
As a matter of fact
Also
'Also' is the appropriate connector. The connectors in the other options are inappropriate
7.
"Problems faced by a manager happen faster today, and the stress he undergoes as a leader is _______________ greater."
Choose the appropriate connector to fill up the blank from the following.
besides
correspondingly
finally
primarily
'Correspondingly' is the connector that is appropriate. Note that we could have also used 'similarly,' 'likewise' and 'in the same way' but in the context of the sentence 'correspondingly' is a better word. The connectors in the other options are inappropriate
8.
"I was hauled up by the traffic police for illegal parking. ________, others also will be hauled up if found parking illegally."
Choose the appropriate connector to fill up the blank from the following.
Likewise
However
Nevertheless
Nonetheless
'Likewise' is the connector that introduces a similar idea. The connectors in the other options are inappropriate
9.
Choose the pair of sentences with the correct use of a connector.
Leaving every ball that is bowled at you is inadvisable. To illustrate, playing at every ball bowled at you is not recommended.
Leaving every ball that is bowled at you is inadvisable. Similarly, playing at every ball bowled at you is not recommended.
Leaving every ball that is bowled at you is inadvisable. In any case, playing at every ball bowled at you is not recommended.
Leaving every ball that is bowled at you is inadvisable. All the same, playing at every ball bowled at you is not recommended.
'Similarly' is the appropriate connector. The sentences in the other options use inappropriate connectors
10.
Choose the pair of sentences with the correct use of a connector.
Washing hands before eating is essential for our well being. In the same way, having a bath is equally important.
Washing hands before eating is essential for our well being. To illustrate, having a bath is equally important.
Washing hands before eating is essential for our well being. Incidentally, having a bath is equally important.
Washing hands before eating is essential for our well being. Consequently, having a bath is equally important.
'In the same way' is the appropriate connector. The sentences in the other options use inappropriate connectors
Author:  V T Narendra

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