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Conjunctions
(Surfing Or Stargazing?)

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Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean, so it has great waves for surfing!

We use link words (conjunctions) to join sentences. The conjunction so means as a result.

 

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean...

...so...

 

...it has great waves for surfing.

 

There aren't a lot of people in Ireland, so it's a great place to look at the stars at night.

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Because means the reason for something.

We can also put because at the beginning of a sentence.

Because he's a good surfer, Rory wants to go on a surfing holiday.

I want to try the big waves in Sligo because I’m a pretty good surfer now!

Rory loves surfing and he wants to go on a surfing holiday.

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I tried last year Rory, but I can’t stand up on the board.

Don’t worry! You just need more practice!

Rory really wants to go surfing but Mac doesn’t.

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We could go surfing... or we could go star gazing!

So, where will we go? Will we go to Sligo or will we go to Mayo? 

Mac wants to go stargazing.

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What? Where? I can’t see a thing!

Rory doesn’t like stargazing because he finds it very boring.

You can’t see anything because you’re looking through the binoculars the wrong way!

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Mac, looking up at the sky in the middle of the night is really boring so I don’t want to go stargazing. 

Well, I don’t want to go surfing so can we find a compromise?

Luckily, Mayo has really good surfing waves...

MAC! DID YOU SEE ME RIDING THAT BIG WAVE?

Oh yes, you were fantastic!

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... and a Dark Sky Reserve!

Rory, quick, come out! HAVE A LOOK AT THIS!!!

Yeah...in a minute!

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  • compromise: when you agree to something which is not exactly what you want so that you get an agreement

  • dark sky reserve: a dark place with no city lights where it's easy to see stars

  • holiday (UK English) vacation (US English)

Glossary

surf board

Sligo

Mayo

binoculars

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