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Identify Connectives Showing Cause and Effect

In this worksheet, students will practise identifying and using connectives that show cause and effect.

'Identify Connectives Showing Cause and Effect' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Build Paragraph Cohesion

Popular topics:   Adverbs worksheets, Writing worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

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.


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

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


                                                                                      sleeping boy                                                                                


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


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

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


                                                                                          angry boy                                                                                      


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:





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.

Note that this is two separate sentences. It is notJoey ate too much cake at the party consequently he was sick on the way home.


Connectives used within a sentence are called conjunctions and link clauses together to create a sentence.


There are seven conjunctions that link two main clauses together: for, and, nor, but, or, yet and so.

These can be easily remembered by taking the first letter of each conjunction to make the word FANBOYS


Other conjunctions link a main clause to one or more subordinate clauses and there are many examples of these.

Here are just a few of them: because, although, while, since, after


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