Common Core: 3rd Grade English Language Arts : Use Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.H

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Example Question #1 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

I eat dessert __________ I eat dinner. 

Possible Answers:

unless

after

as

because 

Correct answer:

after

Explanation:

Subordinating conjunctions link two simple sentence together. This question has two simple sentences, "I eat desert" and "I eat dinner". 

All of the answer choices are conjunctions. 

"As" and "while" tell you that two things are happening at the same time. Normally, we do not eat dessert and dinner at the same time. 

"Unless" shows an exception. This sentence is not an exception. "I eat dessert unless I eat dinner" does not make sense. 

"Because" tells you why something happens. "I eat dessert because I eat dinner", doesn't make sense. If the sentence were, "I eat dessert because I ate dinner", "because" would work. 

"After" tells us when something happens. "I eat dessert after I eat dinner". This sentence makes the most sense; thus, "after" is the correct answer. 

 

Example Question #2 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

______________ it's Blin's birthday, we are eating cake after dinner. 

Possible Answers:

Before

After

Because

Until

Correct answer:

Because

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence is telling you why we are doing something. "Because" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #3 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

____________ it's Easter, we are going to hunt Easter eggs. 

Possible Answers:

After

Unless

Since

Until

Correct answer:

Since

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence is telling you why we are doing something. "Since" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #4 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

___________ we eat dinner, we always eat dessert. 

Possible Answers:

Because

Until

After

Since

Correct answer:

After

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence is telling you when something is happening. "After" is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

_____________ you can go play outside, you need to finish all of your homework. 

Possible Answers:

Unless

As

While

Before

Correct answer:

Before

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence is telling you when something is happening. "Before" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #6 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

________________ you are playing in the basketball game, don't forget to take water breaks. 

Possible Answers:

Unless

After

Before

While

Correct answer:

While

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence is telling you about two things happening at the same time. "While" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #7 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

My mom read me a bedtime story ______________ I laid down in my bed. 

Possible Answers:

because

as

since

unless

Correct answer:

as

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence is telling you about two things happening at the same time. "As" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #8 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

The soccer players will keep playing ____________ the referee blows the whistle. 

Possible Answers:

since

because

as

until

Correct answer:

until

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence tells you how long something will last. "Until" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #9 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

We are allowed to play outside _____________ it gets dark. 

Possible Answers:

because

since

while

until

Correct answer:

until

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence tells you how long something will last. "Until" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #10 : Use Coordinating And Subordinating Conjunctions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.3.1.H

Select the correct subordinating conjunction to fill is the blank in the sentence below.

You better slow the car down, ____________ you want to get a speeding ticket. 

Possible Answers:

unless

before

after

as

Correct answer:

unless

Explanation:
Subordinating conjunctions are used to connect two simple sentences in a special way.
The conjunctions after and before tell you when something happens.
The conjunctions as and while tell you that two things happen at the same time.
The conjunction until tells you how long something takes or lasts.
The conjunctions because and since tell you why something happens or why something is true.
The conjunction unless shows an exception.
 
This sentence is describing an exception. Slow down, or you'll get a ticket. "Unless" is the correct answer. 
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