Conjunctions

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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Join with conjunctions

April 16, 2014

Combine each of the following pairs of sentences into a complex sentence, using the conjunction given in brackets. We will hire a car. We may not get the bus. (If) We will hire a car if we do not get the bus. How will we cope? Dad may lose his job. (If) How will we […]

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Join with a conjunction

March 28, 2014

Combine each of the following pairs of sentences into a complex sentence, using an appropriate conjunction. An example is given below. We shall hire a taxi. We will probably miss the bus. If we miss the bus we shall hire a taxi. Exercise 1. Many members have expressed concerns regarding the viability of the project. […]

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Some conjunctions and their correct use

March 5, 2014

While While is a subordinating conjunction. It is mainly used to indicate time. It can also show contrast. Strike while the iron is hot. Here the conjunction while shows time. More examples are given below. Someone phoned while you were out. While playing football, I sprained by ankle. While can show contrast. While some children […]

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Though, although and even though

February 8, 2014

Although Although is a conjunction. It is used for introducing a statement that makes your main statement seem surprising. Although Jane was the most deserving candidate, she didn’t get the job. Although she is rich and famous, she is not happy. The soldiers fought bravely, and although they were badly wounded, they refused to surrender. […]

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Using where and wherever

January 20, 2014

The word where has several uses. It can be used as a question adverb. In this case it introduces a direct or indirect question. Where does she work? I wonder where she works. Where can be used as a relative adverb. In this case, it refers back to a noun in the main clause. As […]

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Building sentences with adverb clauses

January 19, 2014

Let us practice building sentences with adverb clauses. An adverb clause serves the same function as an adverb. Adverbs are words used to modify verbs. Adverbs can also modify adjectives and other adverbs. Just like an adjective clause, adverb clauses, too, are dependent or subordinate clauses. A dependent clause cannot stand alone. It needs to […]

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Conjunctions and relative pronouns: grammar exercise

December 27, 2013

Complete the following sentences using appropriate conjunctions. More than one conjunction may be possible in many cases. 1. It is a question ………………….. nobody can answer. 2. I stayed an extra night …………………… I could see Merlin. 3. …………………. I was having a shower, I slipped on the floor. 4. ………………….. she was too angry […]

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Expressing the reason

December 19, 2013

We can use several different grammatical structures to show the reason for something. For example, we can express that idea using the coordinating conjunction for. I was tired after my journey, for I had been driving non-stop for twelve hours. Notes Although ‘for’ is grammatically correct in the sentence given above, it is rarely used. […]

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Showing contrast and cause

December 17, 2013

If you repeat the same words and structures, your writing will become monotonous. Good writers always make a conscious effort to avoid repeating vocabulary within the same paragraph if possible. Fortunately, in English we can express the same idea in very many ways. Showing opposition or contrast Ideas that can be expressed using the coordinating […]

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