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Our quiz is about conjunctions and looks at joining clauses using ‘and,’ ‘so’ and ‘because’. The National Curriculum states that Key Stage 1 children should know how to join clauses using conjunctions as part of the sentence level requirements. This will aid their English writing and literacy.

Sometimes our short sentences can be joined together to make one longer sentence. We can join two sentences with conjunctions, or joining words. Some conjunctions help you to add information to the first sentence. By using ‘and,’ ‘because’ and ‘so’ you can then go on to provide more information.

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Which sentence is perfect?
Chimps like bananas because they are yummy.
They are yummy because chimps like bananas.
chimps like bananas they are yummy because.
because chimps like bananas they are yummy.
Always have your conjunction in between two sentences but check the order of the sentences to make sure it makes sense. Chimps peel bananas and don't eat the skin - just like us humans!
'Lorraine fell off her bike last time.' Which answer could follow?
because this time she wore a helmet.
and then this time she wore a helmet.
so this time she wore a helmet.
or this time she wore a helmet
The third answer explains that she wore a helmet. The first sentence tells us what happened and the second one tells us what she does as a consequence.
'She fell asleep at her desk.' Which sentence should follow?
because she stayed up all night.
so she stayed up all night.
and she stayed up all night.
yet she stayed up all night.
The word 'yet' is a conjunction but doesn't work in this sentence.
'Taj likes ice cream.' Which conjunction and clause should follow?
because he could eat it all day long.
so and could eat it all day long.
and could eat it all day long.
could eat it all day long.
Although 'because' and 'so' are conjunctions only 'and' makes sense and is adding to this sentence. Make sure you pick the most appropriate conjunction.
Which sentence isn't correct?
She loved her horse and went riding every day.
She wanted to buy another horse so she would have two to ride.
She rode this horse because he was her favourite.
She liked horses and he was her favourite because he was the best so she rode him every time because it seemed like the right thing to do and was probably kind to the horse as he liked to be ridden.
We have conjunction overload in this last answer. Try to only join two sentences at a time.
Which word is not a conjunction?
We call a sentence a clause. We can join two clauses with any of those three conjunctions.
Finish this sentence: David fell over and...
bumped his head.
undone his tie.
went to the park.
said hello.
The two sentences you join need to make sense when put together, so make sure you always read through your work.
Finish this sentence: He ran away because...
she failed to catch it.
he danced all night.
he was scared.
she had two teeth missing.
When we use the word 'because' it means we are going to explain something.
Which sentence is perfect?
There was a thunderstorm because we weren't allowed outside to play.
There was a thunderstorm so because we weren't allowed outside to play.
There was a thunderstorm so and we weren't allowed outside to play.
There was a thunderstorm so we weren't allowed outside to play.
You only need one conjunction for every two clauses (sentences).
Finish this sentence: The lake was frozen so...
she didn't hurt herself.
she polished her shoes.
headed the ball in the goal.
we couldn't go fishing.
The last one matches the first sentence. Water is a liquid but when frozen it turns into a solid.
Author:  Finola Waller

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