Understand Comparing and Contrasting 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. 


In these sentences, things are being compared and contrasted, and the connectives used are often referred to as comparing and contrasting connectives.

Adil loves cricket. On the other hand, his brother Amir loves football.

Janey is very small. Nevertheless, she is still good at high jump.

 

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

Jake likes strawberry ice cream but I prefer chocolate.

Andrew is good at maths whereas Peter is better at science.

 

The connectives but, yet, although, even though and whereas are all conjunctions and can be used to link clauses within a sentence. However, the following list of connectives are not conjunctions but connecting adverbs and should only be used to link separate sentences.


similarly

likewise

equally

in the same way

on the other hand

nevertheless

in contrast

however

 

Our tent is very old and covered in patches. However, it doesn't leak even in bad weather.

(Not: Our tent is very old and covered in patches however it doesn't leak even in bad weather.)

  • Question 1
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Identify the conjunction used to compare or contrast in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Jenny ran quickly but Jemima was even faster.

  • Question 2
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Identify the connecting adverb used to compare or contrast in the following sentences and write it in the answer box.

 

It was a beautiful day on Saturday. In contrast, it poured down with rain all day on Sunday.

  • Question 3
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Identify the conjunction used to compare or contrast in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Birmingham is in the middle of England whereas Plymouth is on the coast.

  • Question 4
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Which of the connectives in the list is not a comparing and contrasting connective?

however

equally

finally

similarly

  • Question 5
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Which of the connectives in the list is not a comparing and contrasting connective?

in contrast

but

indeed

on the other hand

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

similarly

whereas

however

on the other hand

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

in contrast

equally

but

nevertheless

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

 

I love reading __________ my brother thinks it's boring.

however

equally

but

nevertheless

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

 

Johnny is very tall. __________, his brother is quite short.

In contrast

Similarly

But

However

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

 

A mother sheep can recognise her lamb by its smell. __________, she can recognise its cry even in a field full of lambs.

Likewise

Similarly

Nevertheless

Although

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