Connectives

What is a connective?

A connective is a word or phrase used to strengthen sentence structure. The most common and over-used connective is ‘and’.

Target: Try to make your sentences more interesting and improve your writing by varying your connectives.


What are connectives for?

Connectives can be used to show cause and effect:

consequently, however, as a consequence, resulting in, so, because

Connectives can be used to put your ideas in order:

first of all, firstly, secondly, finally, last of all

Connectives can be used for summing up:

finally, to sum up, lastly, overall

Connectives can be used for making additional points:

Also, moreover, furthermore, additionally, in addition to this

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Task 1: The same connective

Find the same connective for all three sentences:

I took an umbrella ….. it was raining.

I went to the shop ….. we needed some milk.

….. I was cold, I put on a jumper.

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Task 1: Different connectives

The sentences have been changed around – find some different connectives:

It was raining ….. I took an umbrella.

We needed some milk ….. I went to the shop.

I put on a jumper ….. I was warm.

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Task 2: The same connective

Find the same connective for all three sentences:

I was given a detention ….. I didn’t do my homework.

The window broke ….. I kicked a ball at it.

He was punished ….. he broke the law.

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Task 2: Different connectives

The sentences have been changed around – find some different connectives:

I didn’t do my homework ….. I was given a detention.

I kicked a ball at the window ….. it broke.

He broke the law ….. he was punished.

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