Understand Cause and Effect Connectives
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  • Introduction
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Connectives are used to make links between and within sentences, and they help writing to flow. 


These sentences show why something happens, and the connectives used are often referred to as cause and effect connectives.

Jamie was very tired. Because of this, he went to bed early tonight.

The army was exhausted and could fight no longer. Thus the battle was lost.

 

If connectives are used to link clauses within the same sentence they are called conjunctions.

The vase smashed because I accidently knocked it when I was dusting.

You haven't finished your work so you can't go out to play.

 

The cause and effect connectives on the following list are not conjunctions but connecting adverbs. They should be used to link sentences rather than within a sentence.

therefore

thus

consequently

as a result of this

because of this

thanks to this

 

Joey ate too much cake at the party. Consequently he was sick on the way home.

(NotJoey ate too much cake at the party consequently he was sick on the way home.)

  • Question 1
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Identify the conjunction used to show cause and effect in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Because he was late, Kevin missed the school trip.

  • Question 2
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Identify the connecting adverb used to show cause and effect in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

There are not many tigers left in the wild. Consequently, they have been declared an endangered species.

  • Question 3
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Identify the conjunction used to show cause and effect in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Dogs have very sharp teeth so they can eat meat.

  • Question 4
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Which of the connectives in the list is not a cause and effect connective?

thus

eventually

therefore

so

  • Question 5
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Which of the connectives in the list is not a cause and effect connective?

because of this

consequently

meanwhile

thanks to this

  • Question 6
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All the words and phrases in the list are cause and effect connectives, but only one can be used as a conjunction (to link two clauses within a sentence). Tick the conjunction.

thus

consequently

because

thanks to this

  • Question 7
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All the words and phrases in the list are cause and effect connectives, but only one can be used as a conjunction (to link two clauses within a sentence). Tick the conjunction.

thanks to this

so

as a result of this

because of this

  • Question 8
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Which of the connectives in the list could be used to complete the sentence? Tick two boxes.

 

We didn't really work as a team. __________, it wasn't surprising that we lost the match.

Otherwise

Therefore

Nevertheless

Consequently

Meanwhile

  • Question 9
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Which of the connectives in the list could be used to complete the sentence? Tick two boxes.

 

It snowed really heavily this morning. __________, our school was closed for the day.

So

Unless

Therefore

As a result of this

Because

  • Question 10
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Which of the connectives in the list could be used to complete the sentence? Tick one box.

 

__________ it rained so hard, the sports day was cancelled.

Therefore

So

Because

Although

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