Connectors for expressing opinion

You will study Connectors for expressing opinion.


Connectors for expressing opinion

South Africa

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the underlined words.

I think that South Africa’s official name is the Republic of South Africa. It is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded on the south coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland; and surrounds the Kingdom of Lesotho. As far as I am concerned, it is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, with close to 56 million people.

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Getting started: Multiethnic society

Instructions: Read the text. Then do the activity suggested.

South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution’s recognition of 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world. Two of these languages are of European origin; Afrikaans developed from Dutch and serves as the first language of most white and coloured South Africans; English reflects the legacy of British colonialism, and is commonly used in public and commercial life, though it is fourth-ranked as a spoken first language.

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Instructions: match the two halves of the sentence.

in the constitution’s recognition of 11 official languagesthe legacy of British colonialisma multiethnic societydeveloped from Dutch

1. I think that South Africa is _______________

2. I agree its pluralistic makeup is reflected _______________

3. It is true that Afrikaans _______________

4. To tell the truth, English reflects _______________

Let’s study Connectors for expressing opinion.

Instructions: Read about Connectors for expressing opinion.

A connector is a general term for a word that joins a word, phrase or clause to another clause. In grammar, it is called a “conjunction”.

Connectors for expressing a personal opinion:

  • As far as I am concerned
  • From my point of view
  • I agree
  • I disagree
  • In my opinion
  • In my view
  • I think that
  • It is true that
  • Personally
  • To be honest
  • To tell the truth

Ethnic and linguistic groups

Instructions: Make sentences with the following words.

political representation in the country's democracy I agree in South Africa have heldall ethnic and linguistic groups
political representation comprises It is true that and nine provinces a parliamentary republic 
South Africa is often referred to In my view, as the "Rainbow nation"multicultural diversity to describe the country's
and a newly industrialised countryIn my opinion, South Africa as an upper-middle-income economy, the World Bank classifies
poverty and inequality remain In my view, widespread in South Africa



Instructions: Choose the best connector for each sentence.

  1. I think that / However The name "South Africa" is derived from the country's geographic location at the southern tip of Africa.
  2. From my point of view / Also upon formation the country was named the Union of South Africa in English, reflecting its origin from the unification of four formerly separate British colonies.
  3. However / I agree since 1961 the long form name in English has been the "Republic of South Africa".
  4. Although / In my view , in Dutch the country was named Republiek van Zuid-Afrika, replaced in 1983 by the Afrikaans Republiek van Suid-Afrika.
  5. It is true that / because of Mzansi, derived from the Xhosa noun umzantsi meaning "south", is a colloquial name for South Africa.
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Human fossil

Instructions: Choose the answer that correctly completes each sentence:

  1. I think / I think that , South Africa contains some of the oldest archaeological and human fossil sites in the world. 
  2. I agree / I agree that , extensive fossil remains have been recovered from a series of caves in Gauteng Province.
  3. My view / In my view , the sites include Sterkfontein, which is one of the richest hominin fossil sites in the world.
  4. As far I am concerned / As far as I am concerned ,the first hominin fossil discovered in Africa, the Taung Child was found near Taung in 1924.
  5. Be honest / To be honest , some sites suggest that various hominid species existed in South Africa from about three million years ago starting with Australopithecus africanus.
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