120+ Linking Words and Phrases in English

Learn extensive list of linking words and phrases in English with pictures. They can be used at the start of new paragraphs in your essays.

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

Transition 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

Transition 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

Transition 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

Linking 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…

Linking 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

Linking Words – CONCESSION

Function: 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

Transition 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

Transition Words – RESTATEMENT

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

  • In other words
  • To put it differently

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Useful linking words and phrases in English.

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