Linking Words and their functions
Position in the text Some linking words normally form a link between clauses WITHIN a sentence. It is bad style to start a sentence with these words: and but so because then until such as Another type of linking device is used to form a link BETWEEN sentences. These words usually followed by a comma: Furthermore, Moreover, However, Nevertheless, Therefore, In conclusion,
The function of linking words Linking devices are neither nouns, nor verbs. They provide a text with cohesion and illustrate how the parts of the text relate to each other. Here are some of the functions which linking words provide. Adding extra information to the main point contrasting ideas expressing cause and effect showing exactly when something happened, expressing purpose (why?) and opinion listing examples making conclusions and giving emphasis.
Grammatical differences Some linking words must be followed by a clause Subject + Verb + Object while why because although so whereas when Other linking words should be followed by a noun Linking word + (the) + Noun/Pronoun or gerund because of despite during in spite of
Adding as well as besides Moreover, Furthermore, What is more, In addition, not only .... but also another point is that Contrasting However, Although In spite of Nevertheless, On the contrary, on the one hand on the other hand, whereas While In contrast, Neither...nor
Expressing cause /reason because as since This is why because of Due to Owing to For this reason, Expressing effect /result so....that such a...that Therefore Thus Consequently, As a result, too...for/to not enough...for/to
First (of all) At first In the beginning then next Before After that afterwards When While during Soon immediately Once Suddenly As soon as on No sooner....than Hardly...when Finally Eventually At the end In the end At last To begin with, until Narration
Expressing purpose to so as to in order that so that for (Non-specific) I would say that In my opinion, I think (that) I believe (that) Personally Apparently, Expressing opinion
Giving examples for example, for instance, For one thing, this includes, such as (for example), i.e. (that is) Summing up /concluding All in all overall generally In conclusion, on the whole in the main To sum up,
Emphasis especially particularly Naturally, exactly because above all Whatever Whenever too / enough The more ....
Write the sentence again, using the word in brackets. The meaning must stay exactly the same 1. She is a very good English speaker. You would think it was her native language. ___________________________________________________________________ (so) 2. There were so many people in the room that we couldn't move. ___________________________________________________________________ (such) 3. We missed the film because there was such a lot of traffic. ___________________________________________________________________ (so) 4. I can't wear this coat in winter, It's not warm enough. ___________________________________________________________________ (too) 5. When he speaks English, I can't understand what he says. ___________________________________________________________________ (enough) 6. We lost the match although we we the better team. ___________________________________________________________________ (despite)
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