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Exercises

Complete the sentences with the correct connectives.

Instrucciones para instalar una lavadora

  1. , cierre la llave del agua y corte la luz.[First of all, turn off the tap and disconnect the power.]|Sequencing connective: antes de nada introduces the action that needs to be done before any others.
  2. , quite los tornillos del transporte con una llave inglesa.[To start, take off the transport screws with a wrench]|Sequencing connective: para empezar indicates the first step of the installation.
  3. , cubra esos huecos con los tapones que encontrará en la caja.[Next, cover those holes with the plugs that are in the box.]|Sequencing connective: a continuación introduces an action that follows another.
  4. , conecte la lavadora a la red eléctrica.[After that, connect the washing machine to the mains supply.]|Sequencing connective: después introduces an action that follows another.
  5. , conecte la entrada de agua enroscando el tubo al grifo de la pared.[Then, connect the water inlet by screwing the pipe into the wall.]|Sequencing connective: entonces introduces an action that follows another.
  6. Conecte la salida de agua de la misma manera.[Connect the water outlet in the same manner.]|Adding connective: también introduces an action that is added to the previous one.
  7. , corrija la posición de la lavadora: debe estar equilibrada sobre una superficie plana.[At this point, correct the position of the washing machine: it must be balanced on a flat surface.]|Sequencing connective: en ese momento locates an action at a time immediately following the previous action.
  8. , si está coja, ajuste la altura de las patas del lado que quiera corregir.[So if it isn’t straight, adjust the height of the legs on the side you want to correct.]|Example connective: así introduces an action that exemplifies the information in the previous clause.
  9. , ponga una lavadora con el tambor vacío y sin detergente.[Finally, put on a wash with an empty drum and no detergent.]|Sequencing connective: por último introduces the final element in a series.
  10. , no olvide llevar su vieja lavadora a un punto limpio.[By the way, don’t forget to take your old washing machine to a recycling point.]|Digressing connective: por cierto introduces an aside.

Completa la redacción con los conectores discursivos adecuados en cada caso.

De visita al zoo

El viernes fui de excursión con el colegio al zoo. Algunos de mis compañeros no se entusiasmaron con la visita; yo , me puse muy contento; nunca había estado en uno.[On Friday I went on a class trip to the zoo. Some of my classmates weren’t keen on the visit, but I, on the other hand, was very happy; after all I had never been to one before.]|1. Contrasting connective: en cambio introduces a contrasting concept.|2. Summarising connective: al fin y al cabo concludes the previous idea.

vimos a los leones, que estaban tumbados al sol. Había señales de advertencia por todas partes para que nadie se acercara a la valla; , una chica quiso asomarse y la profesora la regañó.[First, we saw the lions who were lying in the sun. There were warning signs everywhere so that nobody approached the fence; however, a girl wanted to look out and the teacher scolded her.]|1. Sequencing connective: primero introduces the first in a series of actions.|2. Contrasting connective: sin embargo expresses a contrasting idea.

, paseamos junto al recinto de las jirafas. ¡Medían por lo menos seis metros![After that, we walked next to the giraffe enclosure. They were at least 6 metres tall!]|Sequencing connective: después introduces an action that follows another.

Los gorilas estaban en una zona muy verde; : con prado, arbustos, árboles...[The gorillas were in a very green area; I mean, there were fields, bushes, trees…]|Explanatory connective: o sea clarifies the information in the previous clause.

uno de los machos se puso a saltar con las lianas. Estaba llamando nuestra atención.[Then, one of the male gorillas started jumping on the vines. He wanted to get our attention.]|Sequencing connective: entonces introduces an action that follows another.

, pasamos a la zona de las aves exóticas. , apareció un papagayo volando entre nuestras cabezas. , se llevó mi bocadillo de tortilla.[Next, we went through the exotic birds area. At this point, a parrot appeared flying around our heads. Well, he took my tortilla sandwich.]|Sequencing connective: pues bien introduces the next action in a sequence.

La visita fue muy entretenida y aprendí mucho; , yo me quedé con hambre.[The visit was really entertaining and I learned a lot; but now I’m hungry.]|Contrasting conjunction: ahora bien expresses a contrast to the information in the previous clause.