Linking words and phrases are used to show relationships between ideas. They can be used to join 2 or more sentences or clauses (a clause is a group of words which contains a subject and a verb). Sentences can be joined using conjunctions which introduce clauses such as time, reason, purpose, condition and contrast.
You can print off this page to keep as a reference of useful linking words and phrases.
You'll find below a list of words and phrases that can be used. The list is not exhaustive, and BE CAREFUL: although grouped together, none is totally synonymous. Their position in the sentence can also vary; this is where your reading and dictionary come in.
|again||after all||correspondingly||accordingly||after all||after a short time||as follows||first||in brief|
|also||although true||equally||consequently||although true||after a while||for example||second||in conclusion|
|and||but||in a like manner||hense||and yet||afterward||for instance||third||in a nutshell|
|and then||despite (+ noun)||in the same way||then||at the same time||at last||incidentally||finally||in short|
|besides||for all that||likewise||therefore||granted||at length||indeed||then||on the whole|
|equally important||however||similarly||thus||naturally||hereupon (formal)||in fact||last||overall|
|further||in contrast||also||as a result||of course||lately||in other words||next||therefore|
|furthermore||in spite of (+ noun)||like||thereby (+ ing)||even though||presently||in particular||among||to conclude|
|in addition||nevertheless||just as||so||still||recently||namely||other||to summarize|
|likewise||notwithstanding||just like||because of this/that||perhaps||shortly||particularly||firstly||tu sum up|
|moreover||on the contrary||in that case||however||since then||specifically||secondly|
|too||on the other hand||under these circumstances||nevertheless||temporarily||that is||thirdly|
These words help a written piece to flow more smoothly. Let's take a look at an example. You will be able to see how they work. The first example is lacking a transition word, and the second example has one.
Amanda spent a long day working at the school and cooking dinner for her family. She decided to have a large cup of coffee.
Amanda spent a long day working at the school and then cooking dinner for her family. Therefore, she decided to have a large cup of coffee.