# Trivia Questions Over Coordinating Conjunctions

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A review of coordinating conjunctions and compound sentences.

• 1.

### Which of the following sentences is a compound sentence? Check all correct sentences.

• A.

Sue and Mary are studying Algebra this term.

• B.

Sue is studying Algebra, but Mary is studying Calculus.

• C.

Marco cannot play football today because he hurt his knee.

• D.

Sam cannot go swimming, for she forgot her bathing suit.

• E.

It is Halloween, so we should eat lots of candy.

• F.

Laura or Mark must have taken the book.

• G.

I have seen neither Harry Potter nor Lord of the Rings.

• H.

I don't like winter, yet my favourite sports are ice skating and skiing.

• I.

Sally likes to paint, so she is taking an art class this summer.

B. Sue is studying Algebra, but Mary is studying Calculus.
D. Sam cannot go swimming, for she forgot her bathing suit.
E. It is Halloween, so we should eat lots of candy.
H. I don't like winter, yet my favourite sports are ice skating and skiing.
I. Sally likes to paint, so she is taking an art class this summer.
Explanation
Sentence #1 is a simple sentence. It follow the pattern SSV.
Sentence #3 is a complex sentence. Although it has two clauses, it does not have a coordinating conjunction.
Sentence #6 is a simple sentence. It follows the pattern SSV
Sentence #7 is a simple sentence. It follows the pattern S+V+O+O

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• 2.

### She wanted to watch a movie, __________ I wanted to eat dinner.

but
Explanation
The word "but" is used to connect two contrasting ideas or statements. In this case, the sentence suggests that the person wanted to watch a movie, while the speaker wanted to eat dinner. The word "but" is used to show the contrast between their desires or preferences.

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• 3.

### Samuel works 12 hours a day, ____________ he has time to go to school

yet
but
Explanation
The correct answer is "but". This conjunction is used to show a contrast between working 12 hours a day and still having time to go to school. It implies that despite Samuel's long work hours, he is able to make time for his education. "Yet" could also be a possible answer, but it would imply that Samuel's ability to go to school is unexpected or surprising given his work schedule.

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• 4.

### I wanted to go to India, ___________ I bought a ticket.

so
Explanation
The word "so" is used to indicate a cause-and-effect relationship between the two clauses in the sentence. In this case, it suggests that the reason the person bought a ticket is because they wanted to go to India. "So" is a conjunction that connects the two ideas and helps to provide a logical flow in the sentence.

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• 5.

### Marco hasn't seen the movie, __________ has Paulo.

nor
Explanation
The correct answer is "nor" because it is used to connect two negative statements. In this case, it suggests that both Marco and Paulo have not seen the movie.

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• 6.

### The car ran out of gas, ____________ I forgot to fill it.

for
Explanation
The word "for" is used to indicate the reason or cause of an action. In this case, the car ran out of gas because the person forgot to fill it. The word "for" connects these two ideas and shows the cause and effect relationship between them.

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• 7.

### Smoking causes hundreds of death every year, _________ people continue to smoke.

but
yet
Explanation
The correct answer is "but,yet". The conjunctions "but" and "yet" are used to show contrast or opposition between two ideas. In this context, it implies that despite the fact that smoking causes hundreds of deaths every year, there are still people who continue to smoke. These conjunctions emphasize the contradiction between the harmful effects of smoking and the persistence of individuals engaging in this behavior.

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• 8.

### Steve plays the piano, ________ Mary plays the guitar.

and
but
Explanation
This question is testing the understanding of conjunctions. The correct answer is "and, but" because it shows that both Steve and Mary play different instruments. The word "and" is used to connect the two statements together, indicating that Steve plays the piano. The word "but" is used to contrast the previous statement, indicating that Mary plays the guitar.

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• 9.

### Joe went to Spain, ____________ he went to Italy.

or
and
Explanation
The correct answer is "or, and" because it suggests that Joe went to Spain and Italy. The word "or" indicates that Joe went to either Spain or Italy, while the word "and" suggests that he went to both countries.

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• 10.

### Sarah arrived in Toronto very early, ____________ she had a meeting at 7 am.

for
Explanation
The word "for" is used to indicate the purpose or reason for Sarah's early arrival in Toronto. It suggests that she arrived early because she had a meeting at 7 am.

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• 11.

### The rain was coming down hard, _________ the plane left late.

so
Explanation
The rain was coming down hard, causing the plane to leave late.

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• 12.

### The plane left late, __________ the weather was awful.

for
Explanation
The word "for" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate the reason or cause of something. In this sentence, the plane left late because the weather was awful. "For" is the appropriate word to connect these two ideas and show the cause and effect relationship between them.

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• 13.

### I went to work, __________ my husband went to school

and
but
Explanation
This question is asking for a conjunction that can be used to connect the two independent clauses "I went to work" and "my husband went to school". The conjunction "and" can be used to show that both actions happened simultaneously. On the other hand, the conjunction "but" can be used to show a contrast between the two actions.

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• 14.

### Marley doesn't like Christmas, ________ does Scrooge.

nor
Explanation
Marley doesn't like Christmas, nor does Scrooge. The word "nor" is used to express a negative statement that follows another negative statement. In this case, it is used to show that both Marley and Scrooge do not like Christmas. The word "nor" is used as a coordinating conjunction to join two negative clauses together.

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