Conditional Connectors – What are they, what are they and examples of use

We explain what conditional connectors are, their function in the text and examples in sentences. Also, other types of connectors.

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Conditional connectors indicate that something is true if something else is also true.

What are conditional connectors?

Conditional connectors are known as a type of discursive connectors or textual markers, that is, the linguistic units that allow linking parts of a text and endow it with logical thread.

These connectors are important for writing a fluid and understandable text, and can be classified according to the relationship they introduce between the interlaced parts of the text. Therefore, they work in a similar way to links, but instead of linking parts of a sentence, they link sentences or parts of the same text.

On the other hand, among all connectors, conditional or condition connectors are distinguished because introduce into the text a relation of possibility, probability or conditionality, that is, a relationship in which something is true if something else is also true, or something is not true if something else is true.

The most commonly used conditional connectors are: Yes, when, on condition of, as long as, in case of, as long as, unless, while not, unless, among others.

Examples of conditional connectors

As an example, here are some sentences that use conditional connectors:

  • The package will arrive by mail Yes the company fulfills its commitment.
  • The government will take over the reins of the company, in case of that its vital production was unduly interrupted.
  • I’ll give you the money to go to the movies as long as you have finished your tasks.
  • The Spanish teacher will not be able to come tomorrow, unless get spare parts for your vehicle.
  • The enemy army will not cross the border, while not let us allow it.
  • We are likely to lose our minds unless Let’s get stronger evidence.
  • They will receive the increase they requested, on condition of that they do not again be absent from work for no reason.

Other types of connectors

In addition to conditionals, there are other types of connectors, such as:

  • Additive or summing connectors. Those who incorporate or add ideas, in the manner of an enumeration or a recount. For example: also, also, now well, in addition, etc.
  • Contrast or adversative connectors. Those that establish an oppositional relationship between the linked ideas, in such a way that the new elements are opposed to the previous ones in the text. For example: although, however, nevertheless, in contrast to, on the other hand, etc.
  • Cause-effect connectors. Those that establish a causal relationship, that is, of origin, with respect to what is said in the text. For example: therefore, then, therefore, consequently, because, etc.
  • Comparative connectors. Those that allow introducing a contrast or a comparison between two or more references or situations. For example: as well as, in the same way as, as opposed to, on the contrary, etc.
  • Conclusive connectors. Those that allow a conclusion to be introduced, or to synthesize what has already been said, or to summarize the previous thing in some way. For example: in this way, in conclusion, summarizing, to finish, etc.
  • Explanatory connectors. Those that allow the introduction of examples, explanations or reiterations in the text, returning to what was said in another way to make it clearer. For example: that is, for example, therefore, put another way, in other terms, etc.
  • Temporary connectors. Those that establish a temporary relationship, either before, after or simultaneously. They can also indicate that the text dates back to other times. For example: at the same time, once, before, back then, etc.
  • Emphatic connectors. Those that serve to emphasize what has been said, that is, to highlight it or draw special attention to it. For example: certainly, without a doubt, as if that were not enough, what is worse, etc.