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Choose the option that best fills the blank
She works ---- her life depends on it.
a) As though
b) On condition that
c) In order that
d) As well as

Last updated date: 20th Jun 2024
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Hint: From the question, it is very evident to us that the blank has to be filled with compound conjunction. All the options here are compound conjunctions, that is, phrases that link together clauses/sentences, performing the role of conjunction.

Complete answer:
Let us first understand what compound conjunctions are
The phrases which are used as conjunctions are called compound conjunctions.

Moving ahead with the question given to us, it is clear to us that, the subordinate clause "her life depends on it" depends on the main clause "She works" for its full meaning. We see that the sentence speaks about the manner in which she is working is such that her life seems to depend on it.

Looking at option ‘a’, 'As though' expresses the manner or behavior of someone, and the subordinate clause is an assumption made, an imaginary situation that may or may not be true. It is relevant to the given statement, because here too, the person (she) works in a manner that would make someone believe that her life depends on it. Hence option ‘a’, is correct.

Option b,'On condition that' expresses a conditional statement, where the subordinate clause is a condition on the basis of which the action in the main clause takes place. This isn't the situation here, she does not work on the condition that her life depends on it. Hence option b is incorrect.

In option c, we know that 'In order that' is used in purpose-related sentences, where the subordinate clause is the purpose or reason behind the action in the main clause, and the sentence here does not imply a purpose. Hence it is also wrong.

And lastly, 'As well as' is used to merely add a clause to another and not modify it in terms of meaning. It does not apply here, as the subordinate clause is an imaginary situation that requires conjunction that expresses the manner in which she works. Hence option d is also incorrect.

You can also use the hit and trial method for this question if in case you are unable to recall the correct meanings.