Identify the conjunction in the following sentence: Since you are taller than me, you should be the one to climb the wall. a) you b) since c) should d) wall
Hint: Conjunctions help to join two separate sentences and link them. There is a word in the given sentence without which the two sentences would not be linked.
Complete answer: A conjunction is a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause (e.g. and, but, if ). These words are used to take two separate sentences and combine them to make one sentence. They are usually placed in the middle of the two sentences. However, some conjunctions are placed at the beginning of the sentence. For example, ‘as’ or ‘since’ are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence: 'As the performance had already started, we went up to the balcony and occupied some empty seats there’.
Now, we know what conjunctions are. let’s look at the given options:
a) you - The word ‘you’ is a versatile word. However, in the given sentence, it is used as a pronoun, i.e. the subject. But, the word ‘you’ cannot be a conjunction in any case. This is not the required answer. So, this is an incorrect option. b) since - The word ‘since’ is used as a conjunction. In the given sentence, it links the two separate sentences together. It is a combining word. This is the required answer. So, the correct answer is “Option b”. c) should - The word ‘should’ is a past tense version of the helping verb ‘shall’. It is used as a verb in the given sentence. It is placed after the subject ‘you’. This is not the required answer, as it does not connect the two sentences together. So, it is an incorrect option. d) wall - The word ‘wall’ is a common noun. However, in the given sentence, it is used as the object of the sentence. It does not connect the two sentences together in any way. It is not a conjunction and so, this is not the required answer. So, this is an incorrect option.
Note: Try to find the word which is connecting the two sentences. Then, try to guess the parts of the speech mentioned in the options. Then, choose the correct option accordingly.