What are Linking Words?
Linking words, also known as transition words or conjunctions, are words or phrases used to connect ideas in English. They give coherence to your writing or speech, making it easier to follow. Some common examples include 'and', 'but', 'or', 'so', 'because', 'although', 'however', and 'meanwhile'.
Using Linking Words
- Adding Information: Words like 'and', 'in addition', 'also', 'moreover', help to add information. For example, "I love apples and oranges."
- Expressing Contrast: 'But', 'however', 'on the other hand', are used to show a contrast. For example, "I wanted to go to the beach, but it started raining."
- Showing Cause and Effect: 'Because', 'therefore', 'as a result', 'consequently', are used to show cause and effect. For example, "Because it rained, the event was cancelled."
- Sequencing Ideas: 'First', 'then', 'finally', 'meanwhile', are used to sequence ideas or events. For example, "First, preheat the oven. Then, mix the ingredients."
Linking words are essential tools for making your English more fluid and coherent. They enable your reader or listener to follow your thoughts more easily and make your communication more effective.
Practice with Metkagramgram,
Take advantage of Metkagram to learn and practice using linking words. They can greatly improve the fluency and clarity of your English writing and speaking.
Check out these Metkagram flashcards to reinforce your understanding:
- "I love ice cream, however, it's not healthy to eat it every day."
- "She wanted to join us for dinner, but she had a prior commitment."
- "First, apply for the job. Then, prepare for the interview."
Did you know that overuse of linking words can make your text sound mechanical or 'overly rehearsed'? Aim for a natural balance in your writing and speech!
Identify the linking words in the following sentences:
- "I love reading books because they expand my knowledge."
- "I wanted to go to the gym, but I was too tired."
- "First, we'll visit the museum. Then, we'll have lunch at the cafe."
Master the use of English linking words!
Linking words may be small, but they play a big role in enhangram,f your English.
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