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SENTENCE CONNECTORS

DEFINITION
Sentence connectors are used to express relationships between ideas and to
combine sentences. The use of these connectors will add sophistication to your
writing style.
TYPE OF CONNECTORS
Coordinating Conjunction
Subordinating Conjunctions
Conjunctive Adverbs
Correlative Conjunctions
Prepositional Phrases
Sentence Connectors: Showing
Addition
Type of Connectors Connectors Examples
Coordinating Conjunctions and She danced and waved a fan.
(conjunction)

She danced, and he played the flute.


(coordinating conjunction)

Conjunctive Adverbs in addition, additionally, furthermore, High level positions are stressful at
moreover, times; furthermore, they can be harmful to
your health
Correlative conjunctions Bothand, not only...but also, eitheror, Both the movie and the play were good.
neithernor
Not only the movie but also the play was
good.

Neither the movie nor the play was good. (


It has a negative meaning: Both werent
good)

Either the movie or the play was good. I


can't remember.
Prepositional phrases in addition to, along with, as well as, as Along with being stressful, high level
well, likewise, also positions can also be harmful to your
health
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Opposition
Type of Connectors Connector(s) Examples
Coordinating conjunction but The weather was terrible
yesterday, but we are going
to have a picnic.

Subordinating although, despite the fact Despite the fact that the
Conjunctions that, whereas, while, even weather was terrible, we
though, though are going to have a picnic.

Conjunctive Adverbs/ however, nevertheless, in The weather was terrible


Transitions contrast, on the other hand yesterday. However, we are
going to have a picnic.
Prepositional Phrases despite, in spite of, unlike, In spite of the bad
even so weather, we are going to
have a picnic.
The weather was terrible
yesterday. Even so, we are
Sentence Connectors: Showing Cause-
Effect & Reason
Type of Connectors Connector(s) Examples
Coordinating Conjunctions for (cause), so (effect His computer froze, so he hit it.

Subordinating Conjunctions because, since He took it to a repair center because


it needed a new keyboard

Conjunctive Adverbs/ Transitions therefore, as a result, He paid a lot to have it fixed. As a


consequently, for this reason, as a consequence, he never hit his
consequence computer again.
Prepositional Phrases because of, due to, as a result of Because of the bad weather, the
travelers couldnt enjoy their New
Years Eve on the Hercules Hills

Correlative Conjunction So that He hit it so hard that he damaged


the keyboard.
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Comparison
Type of Connectors Connector(s) Examples
Coordinating Conjunction and...too High level positions are
stressful, and can be
harmful to your health too.

Subordinating Conjunction just as Just as high level positions


are stressful, they can be
harmful to your health.

Conjunctive Adverbs similarly, in comparison This apple is tart. Similarly,


this one is sour.

Prepositional Phrases like, similar to The color of the apple is


like the color of the orange.
The apple is similar to the
orange.
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Condition
Type of Connectors Connector(s) Examples
Subordinating Conjunctions if, unless, only if, even if ,in case, in the If an athlete tests drug-free, then he can
event, whether or not, regardless of compete.
Only if an athlete tests drug-free, can he
compete.
If only we could stop this abuse of drugs.
(a strong wish or regret)
Unless an athlete tests drug-free, then
he cannot compete.
In the event a track meet is cancelled,
everyone is notified.
In case an athlete gets hurt, paramedics
are nearby.
An athlete can be disqualified whether
or not he knowingly took drugs.
An athlete can be disqualified regardless
of his knowledge of taking drugs.

Conjunctive Adverb otherwise You should remember the financial


rewards of high level positions;
otherwise, you might find the stressful
nature of these positions too demanding
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Purpose
Type of Connectors Connector(s) Examples
Subordinating Conjunction In order to, so that The baby reached up so
that he could get some
candy.

He has to pull down on


the lever in order to get
some candy to come out.
Sentence Connectors: Showing
Emphasis
Type of Connectors Connector(s) Examples
Conjunctive Adverb Indeed, in fact ( details His work is indeed more
data), even (unexpected) amazing than before
Sentence Connectors: Showing Time