September 15, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate conjunction. 1. I waited for him ……………………. 7 o’clock and then I went home. a) until b) till c) Either could be used here 2. I will make a cake ………………… I have time. a) if b) when c) unless 3. They had left …………………… the time I […]

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Conditional sentences

August 17, 2014

We can use if to combine two clauses. Study the example given below. I drop this glass. It will break. If I drop this glass, it will break. The sentence given above is an example of a Type 1 conditional sentence. It refers to a real and possible situation. In this case, we use a […]

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After as a conjunction and a preposition

August 5, 2014

The word after can be used as a preposition, an adverb and a conjunction. When it is used as a preposition, it is followed by a noun. I went for a short walk after dinner. After the war, he went back to work on his dad’s farm. Applications submitted after 6 pm will not be […]

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Conjunctions exercise

June 14, 2014

Conjunctions are words used to join two or more clauses together. Conjunctions not only join clauses together; they also show how ideas expressed by the clauses are related. Test your knowledge of conjunctions with this grammar exercise. Complete the following sentences using an appropriate conjunction. 1. You will not succeed …………………. you work hard. (if […]

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Conjunctions and relative pronouns

June 9, 2014

A conjunction is merely a connecting word. In English, we require just one conjunction to connect two clauses. Conjunctions join together sentences and often make them more compact. For example, the sentence ‘Maya and Swati are good dancers’ is a short way of saying ‘Maya is a good dancer and Swati is a good dancer’. […]

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Conjunctions: some common mistakes

May 29, 2014

In this lesson we will take a look at some common mistakes in the use of conjunctions. Incorrect: As soon as he got the telegram, at once he started. Correct: As soon as he got the telegram, he started. Correct: He got the telegram and started at once. Explanation We need just one conjunction to […]

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As, though and although

May 22, 2014

The conjunctions though and although are usually interchangeable. However, in some cases, only ‘though’ is possible. After some adjectives and adverbs, as and though can be used with similar meanings. See if you can use these conjunctions correctly. 1. Hot ………………….. it was, we decided to go out. a) as b) though c) although d) […]

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Combine using unless

May 11, 2014

Unless means if not. It expresses a condition and its possible consequences. An example is given below. You have to give me the keys of the safe. Otherwise, you will be shot. Unless you give me the keys of the safe, you will be shot. If you do not give me the keys of the […]

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Join with a conjunction

May 6, 2014

Combine the following sentences using an appropriate conjunction. 1. We decided to set out. It was raining. 2. I respect him. He is a brave man. 3. He did not win the first prize. He worked hard. 4. He is not a knave. He is not a fool. 5. He was not there. His brother […]

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Adverb clause exercise

May 2, 2014

Combine each set of simple sentence into one complex sentence containing an adverb clause. Notes A simple sentence contains one main clause. A complex sentence contains one main clause and one or more subordinate clauses. 1. I waited for my friend. I waited till he arrived. 2. He hid somewhere. His pursuers could not find […]

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