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Conjunctions - And or But
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Conjunctions - And or But

This quiz is for teaching children when and how to use the conjunctions ‘And’ or ‘But’. To agree, the word ‘and’ is used, but to disagree the word ‘but’ is used. It identifies two of the most common words used by Key Stage 1 children and highlights the difference one word can make to their sentences. This quiz will also recap all the basic sentence rules like capital letters and full stops which will reinforce children’s knowledge of literacy and English.

When we write sentences, we often link two ideas with the words ‘and’ or ‘but’. The word ‘and’ adds detail to what you’ve already said but the word ‘but’ disagrees. Every sentence you write must always start with a capital letter and full stop.

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1.
Finish this sentence: I like chocolate...
and it's bad for me.
but it's bad for me.
and it's bad for me
but it's bad for me
The first clause is 'I like chocolate'. We could end the sentence there but we then add to it by saying chocolate is bad. Because the second clause disagrees with us eating it, we use the word 'but'.
2.
Finish this sentence: 'The computer was broken...'
but luckily she knew someone that could come and fix it.
but luckily she knew someone that could come and fix it
And luckily she knew someone that could come and fix it.
and luckily she knew someone that could come and fix it
The very first computers used were so large, one computer filled an entire room!
3.
Finish this sentence: 'He went into the spooky house...'
but tiptoed up the stairs
but tiptoed up the stairs.
and tiptoed up the stairs.
and tiptoed up the stairs
We must always end a sentence with a full stop.
4.
Finish this sentence: 'The chairs were broken...'
but it took all day to fix them.
but it took all day to fix them
and it took all day to fix them
and it took all day to fix them.
The oldest known game of musical chairs occurred in 1877.
5.
Finish this sentence: 'I really enjoyed that hike...'
But I'm glad we climbed it quickly.
And I'm glad we climbed it quickly.
and I'm glad we climbed it quickly
and I'm glad we climbed it quickly.
If we joined the clauses with 'but' it would change the meaning. By using 'and' it means they are happy it was climbed quickly. If we wrote 'but,' then it means that although they enjoyed the hike - they're glad it's over and done with.
6.
Finish this sentence: 'The dog and cat fought over the bone...'
but the dog won in the end.
but the dog won in the end
but the dog Won in the end.
But the dog won in the end.
Make sure capital letters are only used for names and the beginning of the sentence.
7.
Finish this sentence: 'The camel really enjoyed the heat...'
but he fancied a holiday somewhere cold
but he fancied a holiday somewhere cold.
and he fancied a holiday somewhere cold.
and he fancied a holiday somewhere cold
Camels can drink up to seven litres of water a day.
8.
Finish this sentence: 'The baby was tired...'
but fell asleep.
but fell asleep
and fell asleep.
and fell asleep
We are adding information to the fact that the baby is tired. Falling asleep agrees with the first clause of being tired.
9.
'And' and 'but' are known as what?
conjunctions
nouns
adjectives
verbs
They are both words that link two short sentences together.
10.
Finish this sentence: 'I love to play golf...'
But I'm not any good at it.
but I'm not any good at it.
and I'm not any good at it.
And I'm not any good at it
The longest golf course is in Massachusetts.
Author:  Finola Waller

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