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Conjunctions, connecting adverbs and comparing and contrasting adjectives

In this worksheet, students practise identifing and using connectives that compare and contrast.

'Conjunctions, connecting adverbs and comparing and contrasting adjectives' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:  Build Paragraph Cohesion

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Connectives are used to make links between and within sentences, and they help writing to flow. 

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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.)

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.

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.

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.

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

However

Equally

Finally

Similarly

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

In contrast

But

Indeed

On the other hand

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

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

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

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

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

  • Question 1

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
but
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you giving this a go! 'But' is the conjunction in the sentence as it is used to link the two clauses together.
  • Question 2

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
In contrast
EDDIE SAYS
'In contrast' is the connective adverb. It is not a conjunction as it does not link two clauses within the same sentence. However it is used to link the ideas together and give a contrasting idea.
  • Question 3

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
whereas
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! 'Whereas' is the conjunction. It is used to link two clauses within the same sentence.
  • Question 4

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Finally
EDDIE SAYS
Remember these connectives need to give a similar idea or a contrasting idea. 'Finally' is not used to link a similar or different idea or opinion. Keep up the super effort!
  • Question 5

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Indeed
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? 'Indeed' is not a comparing or contrasting connective. All the other options could be used to express similar and different opinions or ideas.
  • Question 6

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
Whereas
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! 'Whereas' is the only conjunction.
  • Question 7

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
But
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? 'But' is used to link two clauses together within the same sentence.
  • Question 8

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
But
EDDIE SAYS
A lot of people use 'however' in this type of sentence but it is not a conjunction and should not be used to link clauses within a sentence.
  • Question 9

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
In contrast
However
EDDIE SAYS
High five! The conjunction 'but' should not be used to start a sentence in this way.
  • Question 10

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
Likewise
Similarly
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort! As the idea is similar the first two options work best.
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