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Connectives / Conjunctions 01
I like toast.

Connectives / Conjunctions 01

Let's dive into a cool KS2 English quiz all about connectives and conjunctions! These are like magical words that join ideas together, making sentences smooth. Imagine if we only used simple sentences – it would be like talking in short bursts!

For example, instead of saying, 'I like toast. I really like toast with butter. I really like toast with honey. I don't like cold toast,' we can say, 'I like toast, especially with butter and honey, but I don't like it when it's cold.' Conjunctions, like 'especially', 'and', 'but', and 'when', make our writing exciting! Take the quiz and spot these magic words!

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1.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
As well as cycling, Helen enjoys playing badminton on her day off.
As well as
enjoys
on
off
Here the simple sentences being joined would be: Helen enjoys playing badminton on her day off. Helen enjoys cycling on her day off.
2.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
He began to feel hungry, so he decided to make a sandwich.
so
he
make
a
'So' expresses the cause-and-effect relationship between feeling hungry and deciding to make a sandwich.
3.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
We thought the cave was too dark to explore. The dog, however, had other ideas.
thought
too
to
however
'However' is a connective. It connects the ideas in these two sentences. Using connectives in this way helps your writing to flow smoothly.
4.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
We bought some new clothes and we saw a film.
bought
new
and
saw
'And' is one of the most common conjunctions - here it joins two simple sentences to make a compound sentence.
5.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
You should wait for the glue to dry. Then you can begin the painting.
should
wait
Then
begin
The conjunction 'then' is useful for sequencing ideas in time: 'first', 'then', 'after that' and 'finally' are used in this way.
6.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
We were tired when the train finally arrived.
We
when
train
arrived
This sounds much better than 'We were tired. The train finally arrived.'
7.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
I wanted to play basketball, but everyone else wanted to play cricket.
I
but
to
cricket
'But' is used to contrast two ideas.
8.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
My uncle is an expert at chess, whereas I am only a beginner.
My
an
at
whereas
'Whereas' is used to contrast ideas.
9.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
I was feeling bored because all of my friends were on holiday.
was
bored
because
on
'Because' shows a cause-and-effect relationship between ideas.
10.
Read the sentence and find the connectives and conjunctions.
We could always play a board game if the rain doesn't stop.
always
play
if
stop
If is a common conjunction.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Conjunctions including ‘because’

Author:  Sheri Smith

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