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Sentence Connectors

As per the IBPS exam pattern, Sentence Connectors section has a number of sentences. Some of these sentences can be connected and form a more complex but grammatically correct sentence.  Here we will study tips and tricks to identify such sentence connectors. There are a number of options, each option is a sentence or a clause. Your task is to identify these sentences or clauses and figure out which of these sentences can be written together. Let us begin.

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Sentence Connectors

Sentence connectors are phrases or words. These when put at the beginning of two sentences, connect them in a way that retains their original meaning. This is what we call the coherence of the sentence connectors. For example, consider the following:

Example 1: Directions: In the below question, two sentences are grammatically correct and meaningful. Connect these by the words present in the options. Connect the statements in the best possible way such that their coherence is not lost. Choose the answers accordingly from the options to form a correct and coherent sentence(s).

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Sentences – I: It is getting late.

II: We should leave.

i) Although.             ii) Considering that.            iii) Even though.

A) i) only.                B) ii) only                  C) iii) only               D) Both i) and iii)         E) Both ii) and iii).

Answer: First of all note that the sentences have to be put together in the order they are present. That is to say that we have to put sentence I first and sentence II second. Now if we write Although it is getting late, we should leave, it will form a grammatically correct sentence. But it is not coherent. The sentence is logically incorrect. We see that option iii) forms the following sentence: Even though it is getting ate, we should leave. This seems to make sense. Therefore the correct option is E) Both ii) and iii) sentence connectors that will form a coherent sentence.

Sentence Connectors

The Mnemonic “ON A WHITE BUS”

We can use the mnemonic “on a white bus” to help us remember many sentence connectors that you will encounter in the paper. Sentence connectors are also known as ” sentence synthesis” exercises. They were first asked by SBI for their PO exams last year. We will state all the common sentence connectors here.

O Only if, Once…
N Now that, …
A After, Although, As, …
W Where, Wherever, When, Whenever, Whether, While, …
H How, …
I In case if, In order that, …
T Though, That,…
E Even Though, Even if, …
B Before, Because, …
U Until, Unless, …
S Since, So that,…

Sometimes you may have to change the order of the sentences to connect them. Consider the following example.

Example 2:

In the below question, two sentences are grammatically correct and meaningful. Connect these by the words present in the options. Connect the statements in the best possible way such that their coherence is not lost. Choose the answers accordingly from the options to form a correct and coherent sentence(s).

Sentences – I: He goes home on a bus.

II: This is the bus.

i) He takes to             ii) After.            iii) Even though.

A) i) only.                B) ii) only                  C) iii) only               D) Both i) and iii)         E) Both ii) and iii).

Answer: Consider the sentences first. The sentence I states a fact that we explain in the second sentence itself. In the first option, the word to has been added. This is a hint word. We can connect the two sentences as follows:

He goes home on a bus and this is that bus.

This is the bus he takes to go home.

We see that out of the three only option i) is a coherent sentence connector. Hence the correct answer is i) He takes to.

Other Sentence Connector Questions

Sometimes a word or a phrase may be already present. In such questions, you will have to read and connect a few sentences present in the options. Out of the many options, only a few will be such that they can be coherently put together. You will have to choose these sentences only. Let us see an example of such questions:

Example 3: Despite:
i) the reservations of the school principal.
ii) the carbon emission decreasing in various countries.
iii) the global rise in temperatures has not stopped.
iv) the festival passed off smoothly.
A) Only i) & iv).
B) Only ii) & i).
C) Both iii) & ii); iv) & i)
D) Only i) & iv).
Answer: Of the options that are present, we can form the following coherent sentences:

Despite the reservations of the school principal, the festival passed off smoothly.

Despite the carbon emission decreasing in various countries, the global rise in temperatures has not stopped.

As a result, we see that option C) is the correct option here.

Test yourself by practicing 20 Sentence correction questions here.

Practice Questions

Directions: In the below question, two sentences are grammatically correct and meaningful. Connect these by the words present in the options. Connect the statements in the best possible way such that their coherence is not lost. Choose the answers accordingly from the options to form a correct and coherent sentence(s).

Q 1: I: He works from his garage.

II: He never leaves his house.

i) Considering that            ii) Although         iii) Even though            iv) As such

A) i) only                        B) ii) only               C) iii) only               D) iv) only          E) ii) and iii)

Ans: A) i) only.

Q 2: As long as:

i) the politicians are sincere

ii) the country will not be saved

iii) we are all going to be fine.

iv) we will never be able to sleep in peace.

A) Only i) and iii)                 B) Only i) and ii)              C) Only i) and iv)              D) Only ii) and iii)

Ans: A) Only i) and iii)

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Please provide some more phrasal verbs

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