Grammar Lessons: Linking Words

Chain - Linking Words

Linking Words

Linking Words are words or phrases that show the relationship between paragraphs or sections of a text or speech.

Transitions provide greater cohesion by making it more explicit or signaling how ideas relate to one another.

List of Linking Words

This is a list of linking words divided by category:

Linking Words to Add

These are connectors and linking words to add:

andFinally
againFurther
thenFurthermore
besidesNor
tooequally important 
nextmoreover
Examples
  • Furthermore,thousands of people suffer detention in overcrowded prisons without charge or trial.
  • It is equally important to listen to what others think of what we do, so we can do it better.
  • Moreover he is considered to be a founder of the professional national dramatic art
  • After nine months of pregnancy, the time has finally arrived

Linking Words to Compare

These are linkings words to compare:

whereasby comparison
but where
yetcompared to
on the other handup against
howeverbalanced against
neverthelessin contrast
on the contraryalthough
meanwhileafter all
Examples
  • However, the tropical lowlands is where illegal coca growing and cocaine refining is concentrated.
  • Meanwhile, the population remains very concerned about the fate of those in prison.
  • On the contrary,those weapons endanger peace and stability. 
  • The region is relatively well off by comparison with the rest of the developing world. 
  • These figures are relatively low, compared to Africa or Southeast Asia.
  • On the other hand, most people tend to trust their experience
  • In contrast, nobody has dared to contest the truths they contain.

Linking Words to Prove

These are linking to prove something or state your reasons:

becausemoreover
forbesides
sinceindeed
for the same reasonin fact
obviouslyin addition
evidentlyin any case
furthermorethat is 
Examples
  • Please enter a valid email address since  you will be sent an email including a link to activate your account.
  • Evidently previous rights are not taken into account.
  • Indeed, this is an historic moment you are presiding over
  • In fact, if left unchecked bacteria levels can double in number every 20 minutes. 

Connectors to Show Sequence

These connector or linking words are used to show sequence:

firstsecond
thirdso forth
nextthen
following thisnow 
at this pointafter
afterwardsubsequently
finallyconsequently
previouslybefore this
simultaneouslyconcurrently
Thereforehence
nextsoon
Examples:
  1. Afterward,Ulises told us that he thought it was a miracle. 
  2. Consequently, health information is included in this definition.
  3. Concurrently, there was also an incursion by troops into their territory. 

Linkers to Give an Example:

For exampleFor instance
In this caseIn another  case
On this ocassionin this situation
take the case ofto demonstrate
to illustrateas a illustration
Examples
  • Take the case of domestic violence, for example.
  • To illustrate this concept, it is relevant to invoke the classification of crimes by order of conduct. 

Linking Words To Summarize or Conclude:

as I have said therefore
hence accordingly
as I have shown thus
to conclude consequently
summing up on the whole
in brief in conclusion
Examples
  • Hence the crucial role of translation was emphasized.

Linking Words To Show Exception:

YetDespite
StillOf course
HoweverOnce in a while
NeverthelessSometimes
In Spite of
Examples
  • Nevertheless, significant progress has already been made in a number of fields.

Linking Words To Show Time

These are some connector to show time

ImmediatelyThereafter
soonafter a few hours
FinallyThen
LaterPreviously
FormerlyFirst
SecondThen
Examples
  • Formerly,this was possible only through a judicial procedure.

Linking Words To Repeat:

in brief as I have said
as has been noted as I have noted
Examples
  • In brief,a modern city with a high quality of life.
  • As has been noted before, the passage of  legislation is one thing and its application and enforcement is another.

Linking Words To Emphasize

These are some connector to emphasize

DefinitelyExtremely
ObviouslyIn fact
IndeedIn any case
AbsolutelyPositively
NaturallySurprisingly
AlwaysForever
PerenniallyEternally
NeverEmphatically
UnquestionablyWithout a doubt
CertainlyUndeniably
Without a reservation
Examples
  • Indeed, this is an historic moment you are presiding over.
  • In fact,most of the islands cannot rely on their domestic market.
  • This is unquestionably a very positive result and even better than expected

Linking Words Exercises

These are some linking words practices to help you master this topic:

TypeLink
Gap Fill ExerciseLinking Words Practice 001
Gap Fill ExerciseLinking words Practice 002
Gap Fill ExerciseLinking Words Practice 003
Gap Fill ExerciseLinking Words Practice 004
Gap Fill ExerciseLinking Words Practice 005
Gap Fill ExerciseLinking Words Practice 006
Gap Fill ExerciseLinking Words Practice 007
DropdownLinking Words Practice 008
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