Linking words play an important role in the cohesion of texts (specially written texts), because they are used to connect ideas.
We use them to link two sentences or clauses (e.g. and, when, if). There are different kinds of linkers. For a start, let’s try these ones which are easy to use.
Giving examples and adding information
Vegetables are a good source of vitamins; for example pepper has vitamin C.
Singers such as Bruno Mars and Madonna are popular throughout the world.
Many people enjoy learning English. Furthermore, they are often surprised to see how many words in English are similar to words in their own language.
In addition to pop music, she likes jazz.
As well as
She likes classical music and she also likes jazz / likes jazz too.
TO SHOW CONTRAST
We are going to have a look at the words or phrases to link contrasting points. Some examples are: although, even though, while, but, however, ……
- Although, even though, while
When the sentence begins with these linkers, we must use a comma between the two sentences.
e. g. Although /Even though we’ve got a car, we try to use the public transport.
While my brother likes playing computer games, I love reading books.
It is used in the middle of the sentence and often follows a comma.
e.g. I told her, but she wouldn’t listen to me
It starts a sentence and makes a reference to something that it has been said before, it is usually followed by a comma.
e.g. I tried to explain everything to her. However, she didn’t pay any attention to me.
It can go at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence, but it has to be followed by a noun or a gerund.
e.g. I enjoyed the picnic despite the weather.
Despite the weather, I enjoyed the picnic.
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