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Linking words (connecting ideas)

Linking words

linking_wordsTo write well in English, you need to be able to connect your ideas – you can do this by using linking words.

Using linking words in the right place makes your work more academic, and can also help when reading more academic texts.

Here are some examples of linking words:

I like tea. I like coffee.

  • I like tea and coffee.

I like tea. I don’t like orange juice.

  • I like tea but I don’t like orange juice.

He is a brilliant teacher. He is very kind.

  • Not only is he a brilliant teacher but he is also very kind.

I didn’t study enough for the exam. I didn’t pass.

  • I didn’t study enough for the exam; as a result, I didn’t pass.

Sales were very low last year. A number of staff were made redundant.

  • Sales were very low last year; consequently, a number of staff were made redundant.

There are lots of ways you can connect your ideas using linking words.

The best way to practice linking words is to type them into a search engine (like Google for example) followed by the word ‘quotes’ and seeing how the words are used in the search results.

List of linking words

Adding information and
not only…but also
In addition
As well as
Also
Too
Furthermore
Moreover
Apart from
Besides
Cause and effect So
Therefore
As a result
As a consequence
Thus
Consequently
Hence
Due to
For
Since
Because
Owing to
Sequence First / firstly, second / secondly, third / thirdly
Next
Last
Finally
The former
The latter
In conclusion
To summarise
Emphasis Clearly
Obviously
Generally
Indeed
In fact
Particularly / in particular
Especially
Notably
Concession Admittedly
Granted
Given
Examples For example
That is ( also ‘i.e’)
For instance
Such as
To illustrate
Namely
Including
Comparison In the same way
In the same manner
Similarly
Likewise
Like
Just as
Similar to
The same as
Compared to / with
Contrast However
Although
Even though
Though
Nevertheless
Yet
Despite / in spite of
In contrast (to)
While
Whereas
Nonetheless
On the other hand
On the contrary
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