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  • Clauses of contrast, purpose and reason

    Exercise 3

    Fill in each gap with ONE word to complete the following clauses of contrast, purpose and reason.

    1Please include your details that we can contact you in the future.

    2 being deaf, he's an extraordinary musician.

    3The school was closed to the floods.

    4You seem a nice guy. , you are not my type.

    5He didn't say anything so not to draw too much attention.

    6His wife remains loyal in of his well-known infidelities.

    7 he earns a lot of money, he never spends it on unnecessary things.

    8He married her of her money.

    9She worked very hard win the Olympic gold medal.

    10She worked very hard that Olympic gold medal.


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    Clauses of contrast

    Although, even though

    We can use although/even though at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence followed by a clause (subject + verb). We NEVER use a comma after although or event though.

    • Although/Even though we had a bad game, we won. 
    • We won, although/even though we had a bad game.


    We use however to connect two different sentences. We normally use however after a full stop (.) or a semi-colon (;). However should ALWAYS be followed by a comma.

    • We didn’t like the hotel. However, we had a fantastic time. 
    • We went to the beach; however, the weather wasn’t perfect. 

    Despite/in spite of

    Despite and in spite of are normally followed by a noun or a –ing verb. They can go at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence.

    • Despite/In spite of the rain, we went to the concert.
    • They arrived despite/in spite of leaving very early. 

    We can use a clause (subject + verb) after despite/in spite of + the fact that.

    • We went out despite/in spite of the fact that it was raining. 


    Clauses of purpose

    To + infinitive

    The most common way to express purpose in English is to + infinitive.

    • The student worked hard to pass the test. 

    In order to/so as to + infinitive

    In order to or so as to + infinitive are more common in formal English, mainly in writing. The negative forms are in order not to and so as not to + infinitive.

    • We were asked to stay in order to finish the project. 
    • He left home early in order not to be late.
    • Use a plastic hammer so as to avoid damage. 
    • They walked quietly so as not to wake up the children. 

    So that + clause

    We can also use so that + subject + verb to express purpose. We normally use a modal verb with this connector. (could, can, would, etc.)

    • We left early so that we could park near the centre. 
    • He made some flashcards so that it would be easier for his mum to remember the instructions. 

    For + noun

    We can also use for + noun to express purpose.

    • We went to the bar for a drink.
    • Would you like to go the the park for a run?


    Clauses of reason

    When we want to explain the reason why something happened or why someone did something, we use a clause of reason introduced by a conjunction (as, since, because) or a noun phrase introduced by because of or due to.


    We use because before a clause (subject + verb). It can be used at the beginning or at the end of a sentence (at the end is more common). A comma is used when the clause of reason is at the beginning of the sentence.

    • We didn’t go because it was raining heavily. 
    • Because the event was cancelled, they lost their deposits. 


    We use as and since in a very similar way to because. They are followed by subject + verb and can be used at the beginning or at the end of a sentence. However, as and since are more formal expressions, and more common in written than in spoken English.

    • The government urged people to stay indoors since/as more rain is forecast for the entire weekend.
    • As/Since the roads were blocked, the victims had to be rescued by helicopter. 

    Because of

    We use because of before a noun.

    • The concert was postponed because of the heavy rain. 

    Due to

    Due to means ‘because of’ although it is more formal. We also use due to before a noun.

    • The event was cancelled due to a lack of interest. 
    • I couldn’t enjoy the meal due to their constant arguing. 
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