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 worksheet 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

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

Connecting Words – Emphasis

Function: To put forward a point or idea more forcefully

  • Undoubtedly
  • Indeed
  • Obviously
  • Particularly / in particular
  • Especially
  • Clearly
  • Importantly
  • Absolutely
  • Definitely
  • Without a doubt
  • Never
  • It should be noted
  • Unquestionably
  • Above all
  • Positively

Linking Words – Addition

Function: To add to what has been previously stated

  • Additionally / an additional
  • Furthermore
  • Also
  • Too
  • As well as that
  • Along with
  • Besides
  • In addition
  • Moreover
  • Not only…but also
  • In addition to this
  • Apart from this

Linking Words – Reason

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

  • Because of
  • With this in mind
  • In fact
  • In order to
  • Due to

Transition Words – Illustration

Function: To provide examples

  • For example/ For instance
  • Such as
  • Including
  • Namely
  • In this case
  • Proof of this
  • Like
  • To demonstrate/ To clarify

Linking Words – Contrast

Function: To show how things are different

  • Unlike
  • Nevertheless
  • On the other hand
  • Nonetheless
  • Despite / in spite of
  • In contrast (to)
  • While
  • Whereas
  • Alternatively
  • Conversely
  • Even so
  • Differing from
  • Contrary to

Linking Words – Comparison

Function: To show how things are similar

  • Similarly
  • Equally
  • Likewise
  • Just as
  • Just like
  • Similar to
  • Same as
  • Compare / compare(d) to (with)
  • By the same token
  • In the same way
  • Correspondingly

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

  • In conclusion
  • To summarise
  • Altogether
  • In short
  • To sum up
  • In summary
  • Briefly
  • To conclude

Linking Words – Condition

Function: To provide a condition to what has been stated

  • If
  • In that case
  • In case
  • Unless

Connecting Words – Concession

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

  • Admittedly
  • All the same
  • Up to a point
  • Even so
  • In spite of
  • Although/Even though
  • Even if
  • However

Connecting Words – Generalisation

Function: To make a general statement

  • As a rule
  • For the most part
  • In general/ Generally
  • On the whole
  • Overall
  • In most cases

Connecting Words – Restatement

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

  • In other words
  • To put it differently

Linking Words & Connecting Words Chart

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Temesgen Kebede
Temesgen Kebede
1 year ago

Thank you for your help keep it up!

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

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Kris
Kris
10 months ago

Great collection! Thanks 🙂

MH Fazeli
MH Fazeli
8 months ago

Thank you for your help.
That was very useful.

Cliff
Cliff
8 months ago

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