Sunday, March 25, 2012

English grammar - connectors

This is a short story. It begins with the noun, ‘Raicharan’.
And the sentences that follow have the personal pronoun ‘he’. The
pronoun ‘he’ is the substitute for the noun in the preceding sentence.
It serves as a connector. Similarly note the words or phrases in the
beginning of sentences – ‘As time went on,’ ‘Presently’, ‘About
the time’, ‘Then came’, etc. They are used to give meaning and
hold sentences together.

       Connectors are words and phrases that help to bring about
the logical connection between sentences.

Task:       Read the following paragraph carefully.

It is about a man from South India who came to Karnasuvarna,
which was a city somewhere near the modern Bhagalpur, in Bihar.
This man, it is written, wore around his waist copper plates, and on
his head he carried a lighted torch. Staff in hand, with proud bearing
and lofty steps, he wandered about in this strange attire. And when
anyone asked him the reason for his curious attire, he told him that
his wisdom was so great that he was afraid his belly would burst if
he did not wear copper plates around it. And because he was moved
with pity for the ignorant people around him, who lived in darkness,
he carried the light on his head.

Now underline the connectors in the above passage.

VI. Let us understand the relation between the different
elements of a sentence.

Normally a sentence comprises five units. They are 1. Subject
(S) 2. Verb (V)  3. Complement (C)  4. Object (O)  5. Adjunct (A) or Adverbial.
Raicharan     warned   the child.
      S               V             O

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