In the previous seven High English quizzes on grammar we have looked at connectors. Connectors are used within a sentence linking two clauses. They can also link two sentences. In this quiz we look at some connectors with a difference - they are a group of words which other parts of a sentence are inserted between.
There are, of course, certain rules of grammar for these connectors. In the sentence ‘He is SO weak THAT he cannot fight,’ the words in capitals constitute the connector and we notice that the adjective ‘weak’ is inserted between the words in capitals. Similarly, in the sentence ‘He is TOO weak TO fight,’ the adjective is inserted between TOO and TO, and TO is followed by a verb. Further, in the sentence ‘He is NOT strong ENOUGH TO walk,’ we have added ENOUGH as an adverb modifying the adjective strong.
Most of these connectors give us an explanation as to why certain things have not been possible. There is another set of connectors which is also used to give explanation and they are the words beginning (mostly) with WH:
Here are some example sentences:
‘WHOEVER has damaged the car, one of us will have to take responsibility.’
‘HOWEVER swiftly I drive, I may not be able to reach the airport on time.’
The first sentence explains a certain event and somebody has to take responsibility. In the second the word in capitals is a connector that connects two clauses and explains the outcome of a certain event. These connectors are used to connect different clauses and are probably some of the most frequently used connectors. The quiz on grammar that follows gives you an overview of such connectors.