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Conjunction Exercises

Subordinating Conjunction Exercises

Complete each sentence using the subordinating conjunction from the parenthesis:

  1. I visit the Grand Canyon _________ I go to Arizona. (once, whenever, wherever)
  2. This is the place _________ we stayed last time we visited. (where, when, how)
  3. _________ you win first place, you will receive a prize. (wherever, if, unless)
  4. You won’t pass the test _________ you study. (when, if, unless)
  5. I could not get a seat, _________ I came early. (as, though, when)
  6. We are leaving Wednesday _________ or not it rains. (if, whether, though)
  7. Pay attention to your work _________ you will not make mistakes. (so that, unless, or)
  8. The musicians delivered a rousing performance _________ they had rehearsed often. (though, as, once)
  9. She’s honest _________ everyone trusts her. (if, so, when)
  10. Write this down _________ you forget. (or, when, lest)

Answers: 1 – whenever, 2 – where, 3 – if, 4 – unless, 5 – though, 6 – whether, 7- so that, 8 – as, 9 – so, 10 – lest

Correlative Conjunction Exercises

Complete each sentence using the correct correlative conjunction pair from the parenthesis:

  1. I plan to take my vacation _________ in June _________ in July. (whether / or, either / or, as / if)
  2. _________ I’m feeling happy _________ sad, I try to keep a positive attitude. (either / or, whether / or, when / I’m)
  3. _________ had I taken my shoes off _________ I found out we had to leave again. (no sooner / than, rather / than, whether / or)
  4. _________ only is dark chocolate delicious, _________ it can be healthy. (whether / or, not / but, just as / so)
  5. _________ I have salad for dinner, _____________________I can have ice cream for dessert. (if /then, when / than, whether / or)
  6. _________ flowers _________ trees grow _________ during warm weather. (not only / or, both / and, not / but)
  7. _________ do we enjoy summer vacation, _________ we _________ enjoy winter break. (whether / or, not only / but also, either / or)
  8. Calculus is _________ easy _________ difficult _________ (not / but, both / and, either / or)
  9. It’s _________ going to rain _________ snow tonight. (as / if, either / or, as / as)
  10. Savory flavors are _________ sweet _________ sour. (often / and, neither / nor, both / and)

Answers: 1 – either / or, 2 – whether / or, 3 – no sooner / than, 4 – not / but, 5 – if /then, 6 – both / and, 7 – not only / but also, 8 – not / but, 9 – either / or, 10 – neither / nor

Coordinating Conjunction Exercises

Complete each sentence using the correct coordinating conjunction from the parenthesis:

  1. My car has a radio _________ a CD player. (but, or, and)
  2. Sharon hates to listen to rap music, _________ will she tolerate heavy metal. (but, nor, or)
  3. Carol wanted to drive to Colorado, _________ Bill insisted that they fly. (and, or, but)
  4. I’m afraid of heights, _________ I appreciate the view from the top of this building. (and, yet, nor)
  5. I have to be on time, _________ my boss will be annoyed if I’m late. (and, nor, for)
  6. Do you like chocolate _________ vanilla ice cream better? (or, nor, and)
  7. I have to go to work at six, _________ I’m waking up at four. (but, so, yet)
  8. I was on time, _________ everyone else was late. (so, but, for)
  9. Nadia doesn’t like to drive, _________ she takes the bus everywhere. (but, yet, so)
  10. Our trip to the museum was interesting, _________ there were several new artifacts on display. (but, for, yet)

Answers: 1 – and, 2 – nor, 3 – but, 4 – yet, 5 – for, 6 – or, 7- so, 8 – but, 9 – so, 10 – for

Conjunctive Adverb Exercises

Complete each sentence using the correct coordinating conjunctive adverb from the parenthesis:

  1. Bianca wore her rain boots; _________, her feet stayed dry during the storm. (however, therefore, on the other hand)
  2. I love the color red; _________, this shade seems a little too bright. (therefore, nonetheless, in fact)
  3. You have to be on time; _________, you’ll miss the train. (nonetheless, however, otherwise)
  4. Teresa likes to read; _________, her sister Julia prefers to watch TV. (however, in contrast, again)
  5. She really wanted to eat ice cream; _________, she had a salad. (however, likewise, instead)
  6. We were working hard; _________, Jill and Jerry were lounging by the pool. (meanwhile, instead, therefore)
  7. He is a weak leader; _________, he has plenty of supporters. (otherwise, moreover, nevertheless)
  8. She has an incredible voice; _________, she will go far in her music career. (otherwise, undoubtedly, similarly)
  9. Natalie wanted to make pie but didn’t have apples; _________, she decided to bake a cake. (therefore, namely, in contrast)
  10. We had hoped to go to Spain; _________, we ended up in France. (otherwise, instead, again)

Answers: 1 – therefore, 2 – nonetheless, 3 – otherwise, 4 – contrast, 5 – instead, 6 – meanwhile, 7- nevertheless, 8 – undoubtedly, 9 – therefore, 10 – instead

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