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Connectors of Addition and Contrast

  • Read the pairs of sentences below. Which pair expresses similar ideas? Wich pair expresses contrasting ideas? Use the chart to  help you.

        1. Their team has got the best players. Moreover, their coach is fantastic.        

        2. Their team has got the best players. Nevertheless, they lost the last game. 

            CONNECTORS OF ADDITION: in addition, furthermore, moreover, as well as, also, and

               CONNECTORS OF CONTRAST: however, nevertheless, on the one hand / on the other hand, in spite of / despite, although /even though, but
                                                                         
  • Choose the correct connector:

        1. Lorena seems to be quite clever. ......., she often gets low marks.

        2. The service at this restaurant is excellent. .........., the food is delicious.
     
        3. I've never been to Argentina, .........having relatives there.
 
        4. Jordi is a careful driver. .........., he’s had several accidents. 
 
        5. Cristina loves playing sport, ........ she’s not very good at it. 
 
        6. Anna is talented at music.......... art.
 
  • Some connectors have got similar meanings but are followed by different structures. Despite and in spite of are followed by a noun phrase or a gerund.

                                   We did not wear coats despite the cold weather.

                                   I tried to look happy in spite of feeling terrible.
 
        Even though and although are followed by a clause.
 
                                   My car constantly needs repairs even though it’s new.
                                   My cousin and I aren’t very close, although we’re the same age.
        
  • Choose the correct connector.

        1. We're studying now there's an interesting film on TV.

        2. I’d like to talk to you   I know you’re busy.

        3.   her efforts, she failed the exam.

        4. we were having difficulties, we felt optimistic.

        5. We didn’t win the game  all all our hard work.

  • Connectors are usually written in specific places in a sentence:

        At the beginning of a sentence: in addition, furthermore, morover, howevrr, nevertheless, on the one hand, on the  other  hand.

        Either at the beginning or in the middle: despite, in spite of, although, even though.

        Only in the middle of a sentence: and, but, also, as well as
 
  •  Rewrite the following sentences using the connector in brackets.

    1. Isabel apologised several times. Nevertheless, Pau wouldn’t speak to her. (but)
  • 2. We decided to walk even though it was raining. (in spite of)
  • 3. Roger works very hard to help his parents. He’s also a good student. (In addition) (Two different sentences)

       

  • 4. I’m keen on Ice cream. In addition, I’m keen on chocolate. (as well as)
  • 5. You’re late again. Furthermore, you haven’t brought your books. (and)

        6. On the one hand, I’d love to come. On the other hand, I really haven’t got the time. (However)

        

        7. Rome is a great place to visit, but it has got terrible traffic problems. (despite)

        

 

       

  conjunctions downloadable worksheets:
"CONNECTORS" - Grammar Guide for Upper Intermediate and Advanced students
This is a 2-page table systematization of connectors that express addition/exemplifica tion; alternative; contrast/ concession; reason/result/purpos e; Time/sequence and condition. I usually give this table to students after they have already learnt them separatedly, which usually happens in the 9th grade (level 5). I find it extremely useful, abov...
Level: advanced
Age: 13-17
Downloads: 2452

 
Because, however, or, but, and, so, unless, although/even though, despite, and yet: Conjunctions and Connectors (2 pages, plus KEY)
My intermediate and advanced students often need many examples of these before they get the hang of them. Includes because, however, or, but, and, so, unless, although/even though, despite, and yet. Hope this worksheet helps your classes like it has mine! KEY INCLUDED.
Level: advanced
Age: 10-17
Downloads: 1495

 
Contrast Clauses (although/ even though, but/yet, however, in spite of/despite)
Coonectors of contrast: although/even though; but/yet; however; in spite of/ despite. KEY INCLUDED. 4 different exercises with an increasing level of complexity. First, students match each sentence with the appropriate connector (each of them is used 3 times). Then they cross the wrong connectors out and complete a dialogue. Finally, they join sent...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 1323

 
Connectors of Reason & Result, Purpose and Contrast - Rephrasing
Two of my evening students have an exam next week and I´ve prepared some material. This is the first ws on connectors. Rephrasing exercises. 1st exercise: contrast clauses; 2nd: purpose clauses; 3rd: reason and result; last exercise - all the 3 types of clauses. KEY INCLUDED. Have a great week. Tomorrow is my last day of classes during the day. :))...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 1165

 
LINKING WORDS EXERCISES (KEY AND B&W VERSION INCLUDED)
Worksheet to practise the use of some of the most common linking words (and-or-but-so-becau se-because of). Students have to fill in the blanks with the right linking word and then match the sentences to the pictures. SUGGESTED ANSWERS ARE INCLUDED.I hope you like it and find it useful. Have a nice evening/day. Hugs!
Level: elementary
Age: 11-14
Downloads: 1108

 
DESPITE - IN SPITE OF - ALTHOUGH
A brief explanation of the use of these linking words followed by an exercise in which students have to fill in the blanks in the sentences with one of these linkers.I hope it is useful.
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 1004

 
Purpose Clauses (so/so that, to/in order to/so as to)
Connectors expressing purpose: so(that), (in order) to/so as to). KEY INCLUDED. 4 different exercises with an increasing level of complexity. First, students complete each sentence with an appropriate verb from the bubble plus a connector. Then they spot the mistakes and rewrite them. They complete a dialogue and, finally, they join sentences using...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 980

 
LINKING WORDS (B&W VERSION+KEY INCLUDED)
Worksheet to pracrise some of the most common linking words. Students read the grammar guide and then do three different exercises. 1º- They rewrite some sentences using the linking words in brackets. 2º- They fill in the blanks in some sentences with the correct linker. 3º- They choose the right option to complete the sentences. THE KEY IS INCLUDE...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 962

 

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