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Understand Terminology: Connectives

In this worksheet, students identify and use terminology relating to connectives.

'Understand Terminology: Connectives' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Connectives are used to link sentences and help them to flow.

chains

Sometimes connectives make links between sentences. This type of connective is called a connecting adverb.

Joe and Sarah played on the beach. Later, they went to buy an ice cream.

 

Sometimes connectives make links within a sentence. This type of connective is called a conjunction.

Joe and Sarah went back to the campsite because it started to rain.

 

Connectives can be a single word or they can be a phrase (a group of words).

Joe was tired but Sarah was still full of energy.

Joe was nodding off while he ate his tea. Because of this, his mum sent him to bed.

Identify the conjunction in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Hannah likes dancing but Josie prefers reading.

Identify the conjunction in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Kim worked hard so she got a sticker from her teacher.

Identify the conjunction in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Dad cooked the tea while Mum mowed the lawn.

Read these sentences and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a conjunction or a connecting adverb.

 

Peter didn't practise very hard for his trumpet exam. Despite this, he managed to pass.

conjunction

connecting adverb

Read this sentence and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a conjunction or a connecting adverb.

 

Although Tim is very small, he does well at high jump.

conjunction

connecting adverb

Read these sentences and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a single word or a phrase.

 

We could go to the cinema. Alternatively, we could just stay at home.

single word

phrase

Read these sentences and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a single word or a phrase.

 

I'm sure Dad will be home soon. In the meantime, we'll just keep his dinner in the oven.

single word

phrase

Which of the conjunctions in the list could be used to complete the sentence? Tick two boxes.

 

We will go to the park __________ it doesn't rain.

whereas

but

if

so

as long as

Which of the conjunctions or connecting adverbs in the list could be used to link the second sentence with the first? Tick two boxes.

 

Jayden overslept. __________, he was late for school.

Although

Because of this

So

Consequently

Otherwise

Which of the connecting adverbs in the list could be used to link the second sentence with the first? Tick two boxes.

 

There are many fossils on this seashore. __________, here is an ammonite.

Likewise

For example

Moreover

In addition

For instance

  • Question 1

Identify the conjunction in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Hannah likes dancing but Josie prefers reading.

CORRECT ANSWER
but
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Conjunctions are used to link sentences together. In this example 'but' is used to link two pieces of information together.
  • Question 2

Identify the conjunction in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Kim worked hard so she got a sticker from her teacher.

CORRECT ANSWER
so
EDDIE SAYS
A conjunction is used to link two clauses together. 'So' is the conjunction because 'Kim worked hard' and 'She got a sticker' could be separate clauses. The conjunction 'so' is used to link them together to make one sentence. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 3

Identify the conjunction in this sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Dad cooked the tea while Mum mowed the lawn.

CORRECT ANSWER
while
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? 'While' is the connective here. Remember a connective joins two separate clauses together. Try to look for where you would break the sentence to make it into two separate sentences.
  • Question 4

Read these sentences and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a conjunction or a connecting adverb.

 

Peter didn't practise very hard for his trumpet exam. Despite this, he managed to pass.

CORRECT ANSWER
connecting adverb
EDDIE SAYS
A trick one but super effort! The connective phrase 'despite this' is not a conjunction because it is making a link between two sentences rather than within a sentence.
  • Question 5

Read this sentence and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a conjunction or a connecting adverb.

 

Although Tim is very small, he does well at high jump.

CORRECT ANSWER
conjunction
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! This time the link is within a sentence, so 'although' is a conjunction.
  • Question 6

Read these sentences and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a single word or a phrase.

 

We could go to the cinema. Alternatively, we could just stay at home.

CORRECT ANSWER
single word
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! Here you are trying to find which word links the sentences together. The word 'alternatively' refers to the previous clause so it is linking the two together. The connective here is 'alternatively'.
  • Question 7

Read these sentences and identify the connective. Decide whether it is a single word or a phrase.

 

I'm sure Dad will be home soon. In the meantime, we'll just keep his dinner in the oven.

CORRECT ANSWER
phrase
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? The connective used here is the phrase 'in the meantime'.
  • Question 8

Which of the conjunctions in the list could be used to complete the sentence? Tick two boxes.

 

We will go to the park __________ it doesn't rain.

CORRECT ANSWER
if
as long as
EDDIE SAYS
Read through each of the options with the sentence. Which ones sound correct? It helps to read things aloud so we can hear if they make sense. Both of these options show possibility. An event will only happen depending on something else.
  • Question 9

Which of the conjunctions or connecting adverbs in the list could be used to link the second sentence with the first? Tick two boxes.

 

Jayden overslept. __________, he was late for school.

CORRECT ANSWER
Because of this
Consequently
EDDIE SAYS
Again the same thing here. Read the options aloud and try to see which fits best. The conjunction 'so' would be suitable within a sentence but cannot be used to link two sentences in this way.
  • Question 10

Which of the connecting adverbs in the list could be used to link the second sentence with the first? Tick two boxes.

 

There are many fossils on this seashore. __________, here is an ammonite.

CORRECT ANSWER
For example
For instance
EDDIE SAYS
High five! We could use 'in addition' if we had already mentioned another type of fossil, but not for the first thing we mention.
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