So why should one be aware of connectives and utilise them?
Connectives are important because they allow you to make longer and more complex sentences. It helps the readers/listener understand how your two points connect together. They are also particularly important in professional environments because they show you are well-read and have more knowledge.
So in a nutshell conjunctions the help you elongate a sentence by adding clauses and phrases. However, this is done four different ways hence there are four different types of connectives.
- Additive– This is in essence the most simplest type. This adds details to your sentence which are not necessary for the reader/listener to know even though you may want them to know it. Examples of this include ‘and’ ‘also’.
- Temporal – This is another way to prolong your sentence but is done by adding details which are time-related. Examples of these include ‘after’ ‘then’
- Adversative – This is extremely important when balancing points and relating two opposing points. So for example if you are describing impacts of a heatwave you cannot just say it was good because it brought plenty of tourists in. People died. You need a word to replace that full stop to show how they connect. Examples include ‘however’ ‘but’
- Casual- This is another way in which we relate two sentences. However, this time it is done through explanation. Examples include ‘because’ ‘therefore’