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Conjunctions 3 - Find the Conjunctions
The first ship departed promptly - the others hung back.

Conjunctions 3 - Find the Conjunctions

We have learnt that conjunctions are words that join words or sentences together and are also known as joining words. Hitherto we have learnt about conjunctions of reason, purpose, contrast and consequence. We have also learnt about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. In this quiz we learn more about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

Coordinating Conjunctions and Subordinating Conjunctions are two types of conjunctions that help us to connect sentences and clauses. While Coordinating Conjunctions, such as FOR, AND, NOR, BUT, OR, YET and SO, help us to connect two sentences or two main clauses, Subordinating Conjunctions help us to connect a main clause with a subordinate clause. Subordinating Conjunctions such as BEFORE, IF, THAN and WHETHER are among the many subordinating conjunctions in use in the English language.

"We hand over the ticket to the doorman AND go through that door."

"He held it up so THAT everyone could see it."

In these two sentences we see AND being used as a coordinating conjunction and THAT being used as a subordinating conjunction. The more common subordinating conjunctions are 'after, although, as, because, before, if, since, so, than, though, unless, until, when, whenever, where, whereas, wherever,' and 'while'. That's rather a lot of words!

Both types of conjunctions – coordinating and subordinating conjunctions - can be used in the same sentence and sometimes more than once! Take a look at this sentence:

‘Anamika never liked cakes, ALTHOUGH they smelled AND looked delicious.’

Here two conjunctions are used in the same sentence. Let us look at this sentence more closely. You will note that in the sentence the subordinate clause gives some indication as to the relationship between Anamika not liking cakes and the fact that cakes look and smell delicious. The subordinating conjunction links the subordinate clause with the main clause and we get a clearer picture of Anamika’s dislike for cakes.

Conjunctions help us to put our message across in a better manner and highlight if any conditions are present. Take this quiz and familiarise yourself with more conjunctions.

1.
"She could not understand the reason --- her boyfriend left her." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
Why
Unless
Whereas
How
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'Why' is the one which lends the correct meaning
2.
"Though the tail end batsmen's efforts were futile, --- they fought." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
Unless
Before
Still
Whereas
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'Still' is the one which lends the correct meaning
3.
"Since the directions were not clear he couldn't figure out --- to reach his destination." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
Whether
Before
Until
How
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'How' is the one which lends the correct meaning
4.
"--- you have completed the assignment, you can leave." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
Whereas
Once
Until
Whether
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'Once' is the one which lends the correct meaning
5.
"The professor is restless --- he is questioned by the students." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
When
Unless
Until
Whereas
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'When' is the one which lends the correct meaning
6.
"The pen was --- he left it." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
Which
Whereas
Where
Even
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'Where' is the one which lends the correct meaning
7.
"The first ship departed promptly, --- the others hung back." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
Unless
Whether
Lest
Whereas
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'Whereas' is the one which lends the correct meaning
8.
"It mattered little to him --- his estranged wife would go or stay." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
Whether
Lest
Which
Whereas
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'Whether' is the one which lends the correct meaning
9.
"Passengers were asked to be on time, --- the plane would leave without them." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
And
Nor
Or
For
Although all the options are coordinating conjunctions, 'Or' is the one which lends the correct meaning
10.
"The boy's friend came tumbling --- the boy had fallen." - Fill in the blank with the appropriate conjunction.
After
Whereas
Lest
If
Although all the options are subordinating conjunctions, 'After' is the one which lends the correct meaning
Author:  V T Narendra

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