Vocabulary Building (Discourse Markers)
The word "while" is a discourse marker In the sentence "The toddler held the ice cream, while the little dog ate it."

Vocabulary Building (Discourse Markers)

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In English, some words help to develop ideas, e.g. 'therefore', 'furthermore' or 'nonetheless'; these are called discourse markers and are usually used in formal writing or speaking situations.

Play this quiz to familiarize yourself with discourse markers and then start using them in your writing and speech.

1.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
You are late, ......., you may not sit the examination.
as far as
however
therefore
while
2.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
You are very late but ....... I'm concerned, you can join in.
as far as
as regards
however
on the other hand
3.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
He ate chocolate and I drank tea, she ....... wanted a meal.
as far as
as regards
on the other hand
while
He ate chocolate and I drank tea, she on the other hand wanted a meal
4.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
It rained all day, ......., we still went swimming in the sea.
as far as
as for
nevertheless
with regard to
5.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
The athletes swim firstly, run secondly and ....... they cycle.
fourthly
lastly
on the other hand
while
'Firstly, secondly and lastly' all link and develop ideas
6.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
It rained all day, ......., we didn't swim in the sea.
as far as
consequently
us
we
'Consequently' = 'as a result'
7.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
....... the letter I sent you last week, I wish to discuss the bill.
However
On the other hand
Therefore
With regard to
8.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
He ate ice cream and she ordered coffee, ....... I chose pizza.
as far
as regards
while
with regard to
He ate ice cream and she ordered coffee, while I chose pizza
9.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
They have all completed their tests, ......., I'm way behind.
as for me
for mine
I
my test
They have all completed their tests, as for me, I'm way behind
10.
Find the correct discourse marker for the following sentence.
Ten people were invited, ......., a waiting list was compiled.
as a result
as far as
in addition
therefore
Author:  Sue Daish

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