Sunday, 24 February 2013

USEFUL LINKING EXPRESSIONS




Dear students,

I am posting today a little bit of grammar that I hope you find useful. 
Here is a list of linking expressions or connectors to enrich your vocabulary and give new connotations to your writings. Now it's your turn to start using them!!!

LISTING

First of all, I would like to say that….

Secondly, I do not agree with the idea of…

Last but not least, we must remember that…

Finally, it is important to…



ADDING INFORMATION/EMPHASISING A POINT

He left early and on top of that he didn’t pay for his meal.

She didn’t really want to see the film. Besides/Also, she was tired to go to the cinema.

The price is good and moreover/furthermore/in addition the location is perfect.

They want new rules in the hotel; above all, they want to restrict the noise level.

These new medicines are perfectly safe. Indeed/In fact/Actually, they can be given to young children.



GIVING EXAMPLES

She has many good qualities, for example/for instance/such as higher education.



EXPLAINING

Some cars are more environmentally friendly than others. That is to say/In other words, they cause less pollution.



CONTRAST

She was very kind. By contrast/In contrast, he was very mean.

Some people learn languages easily; on the contrary, others find it very difficult.

They decided not to take the car. Instead, they caught the next train.

On the one hand I enjoyed their company, but on the other hand their strange lifestyle disturbed me.

Although/Even though he wasn’t feeling well, he attended the meeting.

In spite of/Despite feeling unwell, he attended the meeting.

He didn’t feel well. However/nevertheless he attended the meeting.

I wanted to travel with her but I didn’t have enough money.

My friends left the cinema before the end of the film, whereas/while I stayed until the end.



GIVING OPINIONS

In my opinion/view, he is one of the most important writers of our generation.

I think/believe/consider he is one of the most important writers of our generation.



GIVING REASONS

As it was getting late, they decided to return home.

Trains are delayed because of/due to the inclement weather.

I typed all the documents because she was busy.



GIVING OPTIONS

She could go either with her family or her friends.
 


PURPOSE

He bought a new laptop, to/in order to work more efficiently.

He bought a new laptop, so that his son could use it.



RESULTS/CONSEQUENCES

A lot of people voted for him, so/thus/therefore he was awarded the prize.



SUMMARIZING

I’ve got your test results and all in all, you’re OK.

To sum up/In short, it was a highly successful visit.

In conclusion/Finally, it seems clear that tourism is having a good effect on the area.












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