Conjunctions (when, if, because, although): hummingbird
The Grammar Bit!
Read the three scintillating sentences opposite. Notice how they have been extended to include more than one clause (or section). Remember – a clause typically contains a subject and a verb.
The words in bold are subordinating conjunctions and we can use them to add extra information to our sentences which make them more interesting.
With a partner, compare these two different ways of writing the same information. Which is more effective? Why?
1) Although the wedge-billed hummingbird looks enchanting, its behaviour is criminal.
2) The wedge-billed hummingbird looks enchanting. Its behaviour is criminal.
1) Hummingbirds must compete with each other when plants produce nectar.
2) Each species has its own unique tactics to get the nectar because there isn’t enough for everyone.
3) If a hummingbird gets stung by a bee, it could be fatal.
Did you know?
The world’s smallest bird is the bee hummingbird. It is only 5.7cm long and weighs just 1.6g! Scientists think that this is as small as a vertebrate (backboned animal) can be.