Linking Words, Connecting Words in English with List and Useful Examples

Linking Words & Connecting Words in English! Learn an extensive list of linking words and phrases in English with video and ESL printable worksheets to improve your English writing skills.

Full list of transition words and phrases with example sentences.

Linking Words and Phrases in English

Linking Words – Result

Function: To provide the result of what has been stated or has occurred

  • Accordingly
  • As a consequence (of)
  • As a result
  • Consequently
  • Due to
  • For this reason
  • Forthwith
  • Hence
  • Then
  • Therefore
  • Thereupon
  • Thus

Connecting Words – Emphasis

Function: To put forward a point or idea more forcefully

  • Above all
  • Absolutely
  • Chiefly
  • Clearly
  • Definitely
  • Especially
  • Even
  • Importantly
  • In detail
  • In truth
  • Indeed
  • It should be noted
  • Naturally
  • Never
  • Obviously
  • Of course
  • Particularly / in particular
  • Positively
  • Surprisingly
  • To clarify
  • To emphasize
  • To repeat
  • Truly
  • Undoubtedly
  • Unquestionably
  • With attention
  • Without a doubt

Linking Words – Addition

Function: To add to what has been previously stated

  • Additionally/an additional
  • Along with
  • Also
  • And
  • Apart from this
  • As well as
  • As well as that
  • Besides
  • Coupled with
  • Finally
  • First
  • Further
  • Furthermore
  • In addition
  • In addition to this
  • In the same fashion
  • Last
  • Moreover
  • Not only…but also
  • Not to mention
  • Second
  • Similarily
  • Third
  • Together with
  • Too

Linking Words – Reason

Function: To provide reasons for what has been stated or has occurred

  • Because of
  • For the purpose of
  • Given that
  • Granted that
  • In fact
  • In order to
  • In view of
  • Owing to
  • Provided that
  • Seeing that
  • So that
  • With this in mind
  • With this intention
  • With this purpose

Transition Words – Illustration

Function: To provide examples

  • As an example of
  • For example/ For instance
  • For one thing
  • Illustrated by
  • In another case
  • In the case of
  • In this case
  • In this situation
  • Including
  • Like
  • Namely
  • On this occasion
  • Proof of this
  • Specifically
  • Such as
  • To clarify
  • To demonstrate
  • To demonstrate/ To clarify
  • To simplify

Linking Words – Contrast

Function: To show how things are different

  • Alternatively
  • As opposed to
  • Contrarily
  • Contrary to
  • Conversely
  • Despite/in spite of
  • Differing from
  • Even so
  • However
  • In contrast (to)
  • In opposition
  • Instead
  • Nevertheless
  • Nonetheless
  • Nor
  • Notwithstanding
  • On the other hand
  • Rather
  • Though
  • Unlike
  • Up against
  • Whereas
  • While
  • Yet

Linking Words – Comparison

Function: To show how things are similar

  • Alike
  • As with
  • Both
  • By the same token
  • Compare / compare(d) to (with)
  • Correspondingly
  • Either
  • Equal
  • Equally
  • In a similar manner
  • In common
  • In like manner
  • In the same way
  • In the spitting image of
  • Just as
  • Just as…so too
  • Just like
  • Likewise
  • Most important
  • Resembles
  • Same as
  • Similar to
  • Similarly
  • Still another

Connecting Words – Order

1. Function: To indicate the order of what is being said

  • First/ firstly
  • Second/ secondly
  • Third/ thirdly
  • Finally
  • At this time
  • Following
  • Previously
  • Before
  • Subsequently

2. Function: To mark the end of an ascending order

  • Above all
  • Lastly and most importantly
  • Last but not least

3. Definition: To mark the beginning of a descending order

  • First and foremost…

Connecting Words – Summary

Function: To sum up what has been previously stated

  • All things considered
  • Altogether
  • As demonstrated above
  • As noted
  • As shown above
  • As you can see
  • Briefly
  • By and large
  • Generally speaking
  • Given these points
  • In a word
  • In any event
  • In brief
  • In conclusion
  • In essence
  • In short
  • In summary
  • In the end
  • In the final analysis
  • On the whole
  • Overall
  • Therefore
  • To conclude
  • To end
  • To sum up
  • To summarise
  • Ultimately

Linking Words – Condition

Function: To provide a condition to what has been stated

  • Although this may be true
  • As
  • Because of
  • Even if
  • Given that
  • Granted that
  • If
  • In that case
  • In the event that
  • Lest
  • On the condition that
  • Only if
  • Since
  • Then
  • Unless
  • When
  • Whenever
  • While

Connecting Words – Concession

Function: Connecting words and phrases to accept a point or idea with reservation

  • Admittedly
  • Albeit
  • All the same
  • Although
  • Although/Even though
  • And still
  • And yet
  • Be that as it may
  • Even if
  • Even so
  • Even though
  • However
  • In spite of
  • Nevertheless
  • Nonetheless
  • Regardless of this
  • Up to a point

Connecting Words – Generalisation

Function: To make a general statement

  • As a rule
  • Broadly speaking
  • Commonly
  • For the most part
  • Generally speaking
  • In general/ Generally
  • In most cases
  • Mainly
  • More often than not
  • Mostly
  • Normally
  • Often
  • On the whole
  • On the whole
  • Overall
  • Predominately
  • Regularly
  • Typically

Connecting Words – Restatement

Function: To express an alternative to what has been previously stated

  • Alternatively
  • Alternatively stated
  • Expressed simply
  • In a nutshell
  • In other words
  • In short
  • In simple language
  • In simple terms
  • In summation
  • Namely
  • Otherwise stated
  • Put differently
  • Put in another way
  • Reiterated
  • Said differently
  • Simplified
  • Simply put
  • That is to say
  • To put it differently

Connecting Words – Reference

Function: To a relationship between continuing ideas presented in your essay.

  • As applied to
  • As far as
  • Concerning
  • Considering
  • In connection to
  • In terms
  • Pertaining to
  • Regarding
  • Some examples of these might be:
  • Speaking about/of
  • The fact that
  • With regards to
  • With respect to

Connecting Words – Clarification

Function: To indicate that you will be exploring your ideas in more detail.

  • I mean
  • In explanation
  • In lay terms
  • In other words
  • In simple terms
  • Simply put
  • Simply stated
  • That is to say
  • To break it down
  • To clearly define
  • To explain
  • To make plain
  • To put it clearly
  • To put it in another way
  • To simplify

Connecting Words – Space/ Location

Function: To clarify spatial relationships/ provide spatial order and reference.

  • Across
  • Adjacent
  • Adjacent
  • Around
  • At the rear
  • Below
  • Beneath
  • Near
  • Nearby
  • Next to
  • On bottom
  • On top
  • Opposite
  • Over
  • Surrounding
  • To the left
  • Underneath

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Temesgen Kebede
Temesgen Kebede
2 years ago

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Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

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Kris
Kris
1 year ago

Great collection! Thanks 🙂

MH Fazeli
MH Fazeli
1 year ago

Thank you for your help.
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Cliff
Cliff
1 year ago

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