Daisy, Amy, Oliver and Alfie are planning a weekend at a music festival when Sophie calls from Austria with a great idea. 

We use words called conjunctions, like and, or, but, because and although, to join two parts of sentences. Conjunctions can be used to give more information, give alternatives, give reasons, give results or give unexpected information.

We use and, or and but to connect two parts of sentences which are similar in grammatical status.

Do you want chocolate, strawberry or vanilla? (joining words)
Amy's dad is taking us on Saturday morning, and he's offered to bring us home again on Sunday. (joining clauses)

We use and  for adding information, or for giving alternatives and but for unexpected or different information. 

I'm OK for food, dance  and  music, and I'm having a wonderful time.
There's a reggae band from Jamaica or a Russian electro-pop group on the other stage.
She’d like to go but she can’t.

Can we use these words at the beginning of a sentence?

We don’t usually use conjunctions to start sentences when we’re writing, but people do when they’re speaking.

Or when they’re chatting on the internet?

Yes. There are a lot more conjunctions which we use to connect one clause with another clause. For example: because, for giving reasons, so, for talking about results or purposes, and although, for unexpected or different information. 

I'd like to see that Irish band, because Celtic music is pretty cool.
(the second clause explains the reason Alfie wants to see the Irish band)

Although he doesn’t like camping, he goes to lots of music festivals.
(the speaker thinks it’s unusual to go to music festivals if you don’t like camping)

... we'll be there by 12. Although we have to put up our tents too.
(the information in the second sentence is different to, and contrasts, the information in the first sentence)

It's one of those cars for seven people, so there's plenty of room.
(the second clause shows the result of the first clause)

We need to arrive early so (that) we can get a good place.
(the second clause shows the purpose of the first clause; that is optional)

With that although sentence, can you put the clauses in a different order?

Yes, both orders are possible.

He goes to lots of music festivals, although he doesn’t like camping.

Can you also say “even though he doesn’t like camping”?

Yes, that means the same thing. There are a lot more conjunctions, but that’s enough for today.

But …

No “buts”. It’s better to look at a small amount at a time …

So that I can remember it?

Exactly.

 

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Discussion

Do you think you would enjoy camping at a music festival? Why? Why not? Tell us what you think!

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marchese 23 March, 2020 - 08:38

Yes, I think I had a lot of fun at a music festival, because I love listening to music, it manages to trasport you to another world and this is a crazy thing! But unfortunately I never attended a music festival.

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FedericoB8 22 March, 2020 - 12:11

Yes, I would like to participate a music festival because I love music, I also like camping, but i never did these things together.

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Micheleanto 20 March, 2020 - 17:21

I would like to go to a music festival but I wouldn’t like to camping ar the music festival, because I prefere the hotels, they are more confortable.

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asiasantin 20 March, 2020 - 15:20

I'd really like to. Music has been one of my greatest passions since I was a child, I love both listening and singing! it would be a beautiful experience

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BttChiara 20 March, 2020 - 14:53

Yes, I do because I love music and I don’t mind camping. My favourite singers are Micheal Jackson, Avicii and Beyoncé. I don’t mind camping because in my opinion it is really boring. I prefer listening or playing music because I enjoy it and it relax me when I’m tired.

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bea_mara 20 March, 2020 - 14:44

Yes, I would like it, because it's something I've never done and I love having new experiences, maybe with my friends or my family.

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ballerinichiara 20 March, 2020 - 14:42

I never go at a music festival but every summer I do camping with my friends in mountain and I really like it!

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gattifederica 20 March, 2020 - 12:57

I never participated in a camping at a music festival. I’d like to try this new experience, because I love listening to music and staying with friend. Also I could dance and sing my favourite songs all together. I’d like to sleep in a tent and eat around fire with other people. So I think I would enjoy camping at a music festival.

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Naogiosu7 20 March, 2020 - 12:27

Yes, i'd like it because i love going camping with friends and especially listening to the music i like. The best thing in my opinion is that i coud made new people with my own musical tastes

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Carolina000 20 March, 2020 - 12:26

Yes, I think I would love to partecipate in a camping in a music festival because since I was a child I have always enjoyed adventures and natural spaces and also music is one of my greatest passions.

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beasam0109 20 March, 2020 - 10:43

yes, of course, i would like to partecipate a musical festival. I love music, it makes me feel good, helps me to relax in some moments of greatest tension and difficulty.
Most of the day I spend listening to music, practically all genres excludes classical music.

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JasmineD03 20 March, 2020 - 10:34

Yes, I'm very happy to go caming at a musical festival because I love music and I think that festival is a fun experience. Also in my life I haven't seen many music festivals, althought I like them a lot and I will spend all my money to participate. I would love to go there with my friends, even if I don't love to stay in camping, but I would do it anyway for the music.
I'm sure I would have a lot of fun.

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Desy 19 March, 2020 - 17:05

I have never participated at this activity, but I think that it is an interesting thing do camping at a music festival , and I would like partecipate.

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Ely 19 March, 2020 - 17:00

i have partecipated a this tipe of camping , this exeperience was very interesting for the people who loves music and camping.

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MatildePace 18 March, 2020 - 16:29

Yes, I would like to participate a music festival, because I love music and I think the festival can be a fun experience. I don't like camping, but I make an effort for music.

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_auro_ 20 March, 2020 - 14:17

Yes, I would like to participate a music festival, because I love music and I think the festival can be a fun experience,where you can meet new people.

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giorgia_marchetti 20 March, 2020 - 14:07

Yes, i like really like festival music, because i love music and i listen it every day. I would like take part of a pop music festival. I’dont mind camping.

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Rohan26 27 July, 2019 - 16:00

yes,I would like to enjoy camping at a music festival because i have never done that and i want to do this.i would love to put up tent and make food and enjoy with family and friends.we will dance ,eat,play games and enjoy the concert together and love to see the breathtaking landscape of night,we will had lots of fun especially me and want's to explore the culture of camping at a music festival and celebrate it .

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leader 28 June, 2019 - 14:49

yeah of course .It's the best manner of entertainment because I both love .I really enjoy the adventures of camping and It make me feel responsable and courageous in order to get rid of daily routine . Also I love the music festival so I can enjoy many types of music especially pop and jazz .It seems very cool .What amazing

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Youjiro 20 January, 2019 - 14:29

Yes.I'd like to go camping with music festival . Although camping is hard for me .
I really love music festival because we could enjoy music with friends or artist .

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Batgirl 3 December, 2018 - 19:46

I would really enjoy camping at the musical festivals, especially with my friends. We would have lots of fun together singing, dancing, and just enjoying music. I would like to Coachella music festival the most because I really like the atmosphere of friendship there. I'm also really into the boho-styled clothes, which people are supposed to wear there. I really love it! And last of all, of course the beautiful nature and breathtaking starry sky at night.

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Pippatwo 3 June, 2018 - 15:23

I think it would be very exciting, because I love going camping and I've never been to a music festival.

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KirGil 12 January, 2018 - 20:34

This is really fine video and with the help of it I have understood how to use conjunctions and, or, but, so, because and although. Thanks to authors!

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Jonathan - Coor... 5 December, 2017 - 05:06

Thanks for your kind comment :) We are glad to hear that and we hope you enjoy the other videos in this section too.

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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pparedes984 3 January, 2017 - 02:09

I think that i will enjoy of camping in a musical festival, because i will go if the music likes to me and also I will meet a lot of people on that place so that will be a great experience for me and also I enjoy spend time i something that I like in this case the music

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