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• Contents
• Introduction
• Notes
• Unit 1:  Negative and interrogative sentences
• Unit 2:  Short answers
• Unit 3:  Question tags
• Unit 4:  Questions and exclamations
• Unit 5:  So, neither, nor, either
• Unit 6:  Be, used to, would, be/get/become used to, dare, have, get, become, grow, go, turn, fall and feel
• Unit 7:  Verb tenses: forms
• Unit 8:  Irregular verbs
• Unit 9:  Verb tenses: uses
• Unit 10:  Personal pronouns, possessives and reflexive pronouns
• Unit 11: The genitive case
• Unit 12: Singular and plural nouns
• Unit 13: Gender
• Unit 14: A, an, some, any, no, not, none, each, every and the; compounds of some, any, no and every
• Unit 15: Neither, not...either, none, not...any, both and all
• Unit 16: A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty
• Unit 17: Enough, too, so and such
• Unit 18: Comparative and superlative sentences
• Unit 19: The adjective order
• Unit 20: Relative clauses
• Unit 21: Do and make
• Unit 22: Modal verbs
• Unit 23: Infinitives, gerunds and present participles
• Unit 24: Conditional sentences
• Unit 25: Passive sentences
• Unit 26: Reported speech
• Unit 27: Purpose
• Unit 28: Word order
• Unit 29: Inversion
• Unit 30: Connectors
• Unit 31: Prepositions
• Unit 32: Phrasal verbs


Intermediate English Grammar:
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• Unit 9:  Irregular verbs


English Grammar for Beginners:
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• Unit 1:  A, an, some any and the
• Unit 2:  Some, any + body/one, + thing, + where
• Unit 3:  Personal pronouns and possessives
• Unit 4:  Reflexive pronouns, the reciprocal pronoun "each other" and object pronouns
• Unit 5:  List of irregular verbs


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     UNIT 30
     CONNECTORS


   Rewrite the sentences below with the connectors given in
   brackets.

1  Examples: (making contrasts)
   Although1 (neutral)/Even though (more emphatic)/Though
   (less formal) he had a sprained ankle (or he had
   sprained his ankle/his ankle was sprained), he went
   out for a walk.
   In spite of/Despite having a sprained ankle/having
   sprained his ankle, he went out for a walk.
   In spite of/Despite2 his sprained ankle, he went out for a
   walk.
   In spite of/Despite his ankle being sprained, he went out
   for a walk.
   He had a sprained ankle, but he went out for a walk.
   He had a sprained ankle/He had sprained his ankle/His
   ankle was sprained. However (neutral)/Nevertheless
   (formal)/Nonetheless3 (formal)/All the same (less
   formal)/Yet (less formal)/Still (less formal)/Even so
   (less formal), he went out for a walk.
   He had a sprained ankle/He had sprained his ankle/His
   ankle was sprained. He went out for a walk, though
   (informal)/however/ nevertheless/all the same/nonetheless.

a  It was snowing heavily, but they went on climbing. (despite)
b  He is very poor, but he is happy. (although)
c  Despite being caught driving dangerously, he was not fined.
   (all the same)
d  The sea was very rough. Still, they went sailing. (in spite of)
e  I know you don’t love me; but, even so, I’ll marry you.
   (even though)


2  Examples: (making contrasts)
   However4 hard/No matter how hard (more formal) you try, you
   will never be able to do it.
   Even though/Even if you try hard, you will never be able to
   do it.
   It does not matter how hard you try, you will never be able
   to do it.
   Although you try hard, you will never be able to do it.
   Much (adverb) as/though I loved him, I had to leave him.
   Although I loved him a lot, I had to leave him.
   Angry (adjective) as/though I was, I did not tell them
   anything.
   Although I was angry, I did not tell them anything.
   Some people who are not happy with what they possess firmly
   believe in the American dream, as it evokes the things they
   would like to have. Despite this, it is just a dream.
   Some people who are not happy with what they possess firmly
   believe in the American dream, as it evokes the things they
   would like to have. For all that, it is just a dream.

a  Although she was terrible ill, she did not stay in bed.
   (ill though)
b  It does not matter how much money you give him, he will not
   accept. (even though)
c  Although it is fast, I won’t buy it. (fast as)
d  Despite my admiration for him, I recognise that he is
   a bit selfish. (much as)
e  Everyone is worried about the scandal; but, in spite of
   all its implications, I think it’ll do us some good. (for all)


3  Examples: (adding)
   I don’t feel like dancing, and I’m also very exhausted.
   I don’t feel like dancing. Also, I’m very exhausted.
   I don’t feel like dancing. Besides5, I’m very exhausted.
   I don’t feel like dancing. In addition, I’m very exhausted.
   I don’t feel like dancing, and what’s more I’m very
   exhausted. (informal)
   She works at the bank around the corner. Besides, she does
   the household chores.
   In addition to working at the bank around the corner, she
   does the household chores.
   They not only fined him, but also withdrew his driving licence.
   They fined him and, on top of that, they withdrew his
   driving licence.
   In addition to being fined, his driving licence was withdrawn.
   We must bear in mind both the costs and the benefits (that) we
   can obtain from them.
   On the one hand, we must bear in mind the costs. On the other
   (hand), the benefits we can obtain from them.
   We must bear in mind the costs. On the other hand, the
   benefits we can obtain from them.

a  The layman will not understand these instructions, and some
   experts might also find some difficulties interpreting them.
   (moreover)
b  These fairy cakes are not only homemade, but they also have
   the best-quality ingredients. (besides)
c  First, we must consider the fact that this year’s income is
   lower than last year’s; then, that we are working harder
   than last year. (on the one hand, on the other)
d  As well as being well-trained for the post, she is beautiful.
   (in addition to)
e  I submit it to you for your approval. I should like to add that
   I do not mind6 your carrying out any changes that you consider
   necessary. (furthermore)


4  Examples: (expressing the result or consequence of something)
   As we know them through and through, they can’t deceive us.
   We know them through and through, so they can’t deceive us.
   Since the management of the company have been raising
   funds illegally during the last few years, they will be
   taken to court.
   The management of the company have been raising funds
   illegally during the last few years. Therefore/
   Consequently/For this reason/ As a result/As a
   consequence/In consequence, they will be taken to court.
   The management of the company have been raising funds
   illegally during the last few years. They will therefore
   be taken to court.
   The management of the company have been raising funds
   illegally during the last few years. Thus (very formal)/
   So (less formal)/Hence (very formal) they will be taken
   to court.
   The management of the company have been raising funds
   illegally during the last few years, with the result/
   consequence that they will be taken to court.

a  As we have spent all our money, we can’t buy the train
   tickets. (so)
b  Since they have violated our civil rights, we should like to
   lodge a complaint. (therefore)
c  As he has broken his promise twice, they will no longer trust
   him. (with the result that)
d  They were fined because they were driving too fast. (in
   consequence)
e  He did not pass me for failing to write the essay on
   Shakespeare. (for this reason)


5  Examples: (expressing the cause or reason of something)
   She loves pasta, so she cooks it very often.
   She cooks pasta very often, as/since/because/for (very formal)
   she loves it.
   As/Since/Because she loves pasta, she cooks it very often.
   She had an injured leg, so she could not walk properly.
   She couldn’t walk properly because of/on account of (formal)/
   owing to7 (formal) her injured leg. (But She couldn’t walk
   properly because she had an injured leg.)
   The cause of his illness was that he did not eat enough food.
   His illness was due to8 malnutrition/lack of food.
   The chairwoman has not come today, so we will have to put
   the meeting off.
   Seeing (that/as9) the chairwoman has not come today, we will
   have to put the meeting off.
   If they hadn’t helped us, we wouldn’t have finished painting
   the house in time for the wedding day.
   We finished painting the house in time for the wedding day
   thanks to their help.
   We couldn’t contact you, so we left a message for you.
   The reason10 (why/that) we left a message for you was that
   we couldn’t contact you.
   We couldn’t contact you. This is (the reason) why we left a
   message for you.
   We couldn’t contact you, which is why we left a message for
   you.
   We left a message for you because we couldn’t contact you.
   They were very negligent, so they had to shut down.
   They had to shut down as a result of/through their negligence.
   They had to shut down because they were very negligent.

a  It made my mouth water, so I ate it. (as)
b  They tried to ridicule me, so I left. (because)
c  He is too ill to move/to be moved. (because of)
d  The document was badly written, so I didn’t sign it. (the
   reason)
e  If I hadn’t used your protective cream, I would have got
   sunburnt. (thanks to)


6  Revision exercise.
a  He is too short to be a basketball player. (because)
b  Although I approve of parties, I can’t let you give one
   tonight. (much as)
c  As you have not performed your duties, you will be expelled
   from the club. (consequently)
d  ‘However fast I ran, I was always in the same place,’ she
   dreamt. (although)
e  His father has died, so he is crying his heart out. (owing to)
f  These are the rules, but there are exceptions. (nevertheless)
g  I neither love you nor I want to see you again. (what’s more)
h  Majorca is a paradise for tourists; this is the consequence of
   its popularity. (hence)
i  The cause of his death was a heart attack. (due to)
j  As our business is going from bad to worse, we will have to
   close down. (as a result)
k  Many people are dying from lack of food in the Third World
   every day. (on account of→Many people are dying in the
   Third World every day...)
l  We will have to work hard at it because time is pressing on.
   (so)
m  No matter how much you hate them, you will have to live with
   them. (even if)
n  We will have to take sterner measures, since the unemployment
   rate has increased. (thus)
o  You have failed all your exams, so we will not buy you the bike
   we promised. (since)
p  The lack of discipline was the reason they lost the
   battle. (through)
q  Even though he was happy, he felt lonely at times. (happy
   though)
r  In spite of being clever with his hands, he couldn’t fix
   it. (clever as)
s  We saw many paratroopers. They were armed to the teeth,
   too. (besides)
t  The padlock I bought was not big enough for the gate. (but)
u  He could not live without her, so he consented to all her
   wishes. (for)
v  We have considered your proposal thouroughly, but we are afraid
   to tell you that we cannot assent to it. (however)
w  We were in a hurry, so we didn’t wait for them. (the reason)
x  Nobody dared to dissent from the decision of the prime
   minister, but she did. (all the same)
y  If it hadn’t been for her, I would have drowned. (thanks to)
z  Although she had told him that she would always be true to him,
   she wasn’t. (in spite of)


7  Examples: (ways of expressing an opinion)
   I think (that) the government should do something about
   inflation.
   In my opinion/To my mind/In my view/To me (informal)/To my way
   of thinking/As far as I am concerned/If you ask me (informal)/
   From my point of view/From my viewpoint/As I see it/The way I
   see it, the government should do something about inflation.
   Personally/For my part, I think (that) the government should
   do something about inflation.
   I think (that) the unemployment rate has fallen.
   As far as I know/As far as I am aware/To (the best of) my
   knowledge/For all I know, the unemployment rate has fallen.

a  I reckon we could do without them. (to me)
b  I imagine she just wanted to impress you. (if you ask me)
c  I think they have divorced. (to the best of my knowledge)
d  I am of the opinion that men and women should be treated
   equally. (in my opinion)
e  I suppose you have dazzled them with your beauty and good
   manners. (as I see it)


8  Examples: (reaching conclusions)
   If we consider everything, this business is profitable.
   Taking everything into account/consideration11, this business
   is profitable.
   Taking account of everything, this business is profitable.
   All in all, the business is profitable.
   Briefly/In brief/In conclusion/In short/(To put it) in a
   nutshell/Summarising/Summing up/To sum up, this business is
   profitable.
   You shouldn’t talk ill about your wife. You must bear in mind
   that she is your wife.
   You shouldn’t talk ill about your wife. After all, she’s your
   wife/She’s your wife(,) after all.

a  They haven’t come tonight, but we mustn’t forget they are
   very busy. (after all)
b  All things considered, a remedy to prevent tooth decay will
   be available soon. (all in all)
c  Despite that, she’s paid the bill. (after all)
d  If we take everything into account, we cannot disregard all
   they have done for us. (in short)
e  Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that the government
   should do away with this law. (to sum up)


9  Examples: (organising the sequence of events, facts and so
   forth)
   First (of all)/In the first place/Firstly,...
   In the second place/Second(ly),...
   In the third place/Third(ly),...
   Then/Next/After that,...
   Finally/Lastly/In the end/Last of all,...
   To begin with/To start with/For a start,...
   To end with/To finish with/To conclude with,...

a  We had an increase in sales last year. (in the first place)
b  The raw material was cheaper. (in the second place)
c  The labour force was very efficient. (in the third place)
d  The new machinery was very productive. (in the next place)
e  And we had to pay fewer taxes. (to end with)


10 Examples: (giving examples)
   In this region, you can find cobras, vipers, etc. (full
   form: et cetera)
   In this region, you can find cobras, vipers, and so on/forth12.
   In this region, you can find cobras, vipers, and so on and
   so forth.
   Some snakes in this region are poisonous. For example/
   For instance13, cobras and vipers.
   Some snakes in this region are poisonous, such as/like
   (less formal) cobras and vipers.
   Some snakes in this region are poisonous. As a case in point,
   we can mention cobras and vipers/We can mention cobras and
   vipers, as a case in point.
   Some snakes in this region are poisonous. The cobra is a case
   in point/A case in point is the cobra.
   I like cakes, biscuits, sweets(,) and similar things.
   I like cakes, biscuits, sweets(,) and the like14. (informal)
   We will need, for example, a million pounds to carry out
   the project.
   We will need, (let us) say, a million pounds to carry out
   the project.

a  We need some new furniture in the house: a table for the
   dining room, two bedside tables, etc. (for instance)
b  There are animals which are in danger of extinction. Amongst
   them, we can mention the whale. (such as)
c  You will have to employ, for instance, twenty men to do the
   job. (say)
d  A relevant matter to what we are talking about is the increase
   in violence on our streets. (a case in point)
e  The bets you can make are as follows: £5, £10, £15, £20,
   etc, etc. (and so and so forth)


____________________ 
1  Although, even though and though are followed by a subject
   plus a verb; in spite of and despite (more formal), by a
   noun, pronoun or gerund. In spite of the fact (or despite
   the fact) is used in the same way as although: In spite
   of/Despite the fact (that) he had a sprained ankle/he had
   sprained his ankle/his ankle was sprained, he went out for
   a walk. They may also come after the main clause: He went
   out for a walk, although he had a sprained ankle.
2  Notwithstanding is a very formal alternative to despite
   (preposition) or however (adverb):
     Notwithstanding the drop in sales, we should continue
     with the same policy/The drop in sales notwithstanding,
     we should continue with the same policy.
     He knew of the many dangers which were awaiting him,
     but he proceeded with the plan notwithstanding.
3  Nonetheless may also be written none the less.
4  However and no matter how are followed by and adjective or
   an adverb.
5  Moreover and furthermore are formal alternatives to besides.
6  Omit I should like to add that I do not mind.
7  These words are followed by a noun, pronoun or gerund.
8  Grammars sometimes say that due to should be used after the
   verb be; but, in practice, some people do not follow this
   rule: She hasn’t come today due to her bad cold.
9  As is colloquial.
10  See unit 20, section 13.
11  Note the following:
     Taking into account/consideration that the business
     is profitable, we must invest in it.
     We have to take your travelling expenses into account/
     consideration.
     We have to take into account/consideration your
     travelling expenses.
12  In spoken English, we sometimes use and/or whatever (else),
   and whatnot and and what have you instead of and so on/
   forth: In this region, you can find cobras, vipers and
   whatever (else)/and whatnot/and what have you.
13  Eg (from Latin exempli gratia) is another alternative to
   give examples, but it normally occurs in written English:
   Some snakes in this region are poisonous; eg/e.g., cobras
   and vipers.
14  A less usual alternative: I like cakes, biscuits, sweets, and
   such like.
Author: Miquel Molina i Diez

     Pages: 1, 2 and the key

   Contents
   Introduction
   Notes
1  Negative and interrogative sentences (Page 2 and the key)
2  Short answers (Page 2 and the key)
3  Question tags (Page 2 and the key)
4  Questions and exclamations (Page 2 and the key)
5  So, neither, nor, either (the key)
6  Be, used to, would, be/get/become used to, dare, have, get, become, grow, go, turn, fall and feel (Page 2 and the key)
7  Verb tenses: forms (Page 2 and the key)
8  Irregular verbs
9  Verb tenses: uses (Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5 and the key)
10 Personal pronouns, possessives and reflexive pronouns (Page 2 and the key)
11 The genitive case (the key)
12 Singular and plural nouns (Page 2 and the key)
13 Gender (the key)
14 A, an, some, any, no, not, none, each, every and the; compounds of some, any, no and every (Page 2, Page 3 and the key)
15 Neither, not...either, none, not...any, both and all (the key)
16 A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty (the key)
17 Enough, too, so and such (the key)
18 Comparative and superlative sentences (Page 2 and the key)
19 Adjective order (the key)
20 Relative clauses (Page 2 and the key)
21 Do and make (the key)
22 Modal verbs (Page 2, Page 3 and the key)
23 Infinitives, gerunds and present participles (Page 2 and the key)
24 Conditional sentences (Page 2 and the key)
25 Passive sentences (the key)
26 Reported speech (Page 2 and the key)
27 Purpose (the key)
28 Word order (the key)
29 Inversion (the key)
30 Connectors (Page 2 and the key)
31 Prepositions (Page 2, Page 3 and the key)
32 Phrasal verbs (the key)


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