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Conjunctions 1 - Find the Conjunctions
I love to watch the sea sitting on the sand.

Conjunctions 1 - Find the Conjunctions

In your city, town or village you must have seen trains run by on tracks with an engine in front and many compartments behind. You would have seen at the station an engine being separated from the compartments and joining with another set of compartments. There is a message in this for our English classes - conjunctions are very similar to trains!

Conjunctions are also called joining words and they perform the task of joining words or sentences together. Just as many compartments are joined to one another through a coupling mechanism so also we join words or sentences through conjunctions - they are joining words.

Take a look at these two sentences:

"She stood up AND waited to see what he wanted."

"He lost his money in gambling, BUT he still seems to live comfortably."

Here we see the conjunctions AND and BUT being used to join two shorter sentences together.

There are many types of conjunctions and the primary ones are FOR, AND, NOR, BUT, OR, YET and SO. These are what are known as coordinating conjunctions and can be easily remembered by memorising FANBOYS, where each letter stands for the appropriate conjunction.

Conjunctions can also be categorised on the basis of their usage in a context of the sentences or clauses. Conjunctions of reason, contrast, purpose, concession and consequence are used most often. Here are some examples:

'Because' is a conjunction of reason and it can also be used as a conjunction in other instances.

'Yet' is a conjunction of contrast.

'So' is a conjunction of purpose as well as a conjunction of consequence.

'Although' is a conjunction of concession.

Please remember that many conjunctions can fall under more than one type! The quiz that follows exposes you to the different ways in which conjunctions can be used.

1.
"Ayesha was tired so she went to bed early." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Tired
So
Was
He
'So' is the conjunction and it is one of consequence as Ayesha went to bed early as a consequence of her being tired
2.
"He is a good bowler, while his friend is a good batsman." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Good
Is
While
Bowler
'While' is the conjunction and it is one of contrast as bowling and batting are two distinct abilities different from one another and requiring different skills
3.
"The bison was difficult to catch because he was always facing me." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Because
Catch
Always
Facing
'Because' is the conjunction and it is one of reason as it explains why the bison was difficult to catch
4.
"He used only one hand for holding the catch although he had two." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Catch
Although
One
Holding
'Although' is the conjunction and it is one of concession as the person used only one hand even though it would have been safer for him to hold the catch in two hands
5.
"The coach wanted to help the batsman so he went with him." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Help
Went
Wanted
So
'So' is the conjunction and it is one of purpose as the purpose of the coach going with the batsman is to help him
6.
"People would pay money to see a cricket match since Sachin Tendulkar was playing in it." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Pay
Match
Was
Since
'Since' is the conjunction and it is one of reason as watching Sachin Tendulkar play is why people are prepared to pay money
7.
"The actor didn't want to come on stage yet he performed anyway." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Want
Yet
Didn't
Stage
'Yet' is the conjunction and it is one of contrast as there is a contrast between the actor's intent and his action
8.
"I go to the beach every Sunday, for I love to watch the sea sitting on the sand." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
For
Sand
Love
Every
'For' is the conjunction and it is one of reason as it answers the question 'why do you want to go to the beach?' The answer 'I love to watch the sea sitting on the sand' is the reason
9.
"The patients did not want the doctor to leave but they knew he had to." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
Want
Leave
But
They
'But' is the conjunction and it is one of contrast as there is a contrast between the patients' desire for the doctor to be with them and the doctor's services being needed elsewhere
10.
"He could change the gear while holding the steering wheel as he had two hands." - Identify the conjunction in this sentence.
As
Steering
Change
Had
'As' is the conjunction and it is one of reason as the reason he was able to change gear and hold the steering wheel simultaneously is that he had two hands
Author:  V T Narendra

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