TIPS FOR WRITING
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. ..........,†heís had several accidents.†
††††††† 5.†Cristina loves playing sport, ........†sheís 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 itís new.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† My cousin and†I arenít very close, although weíre the same age.
- Choose the correct connector.
††††††† 1. We're studying now there's an†interesting†film on TV.
††††††††2. Iíd like to talk to you † I know youíre busy.
††††††† 3. † her efforts, she failed the exam.
††††††† 4. we were having difficulties, we felt optimistic.
††††††† 5. We didnít 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
††††††† 6. On the one hand, Iíd love to come. On the other hand,†I really havenít got the time. (However)
†††††††† ††††††† 7. Rome is a great place to visit, but it has got terrible traffic problems. (despite)