Linking Phrases

This page contains a list o Linking Phrases, and descriptions of their uses. Linking Phrases have a variety of different uses, such as follows:

Sequence Linking Phrases

This type of linking phrase is used to show that one thing happens after another when talking about a sequence of events.

Common sequencing phrases are:

• First / Firstly, Second / Secondly, Third / Thirdly etc.

• Next, Last, Finally

• In addition, Moreover

• Further / Furthermore

• Another

• Also

• In conclusion

• To summarise

Emphasis Linking Phrases

This type of linking phrase is used to give emphasis on certain things or to make the listener pay attention to certain areas of what we are saying.

Common emphasising phrases are:

• Undoubtedly

• Indeed

• Obviously

• Generally

• Admittedly

• In fact

• Particularly / In particular

• Especially

• Clearly

• Importantly

Reason Linking Phrases

This type of linking phrase is used to explain why something is or give a reason.

Commonly used reason phrases are:

• For

• Because

• Since

• As

• Because of

Comparative Linking Phrases

This type of linking phrase is used to make comparisons between things (also see: Comparatives).

Commonly used comparativie phrases are:

• Similarly

• Likewise

• Also

• Like

• Just as

• Just like

• Similar to

• Same as

• Compare

• compare(d) to / with

• Not only… but also

Result Linking Phrases
 This type of linking phrase is used to talk about or describe the result of an action or sequence.

Commonly used result phrases are:

• So

• As a result

• As a consequence (of)

• Therefore

• Thus

• Consequently

• Hence

• Due to

Addition Linking Phrases

This type of linking phrase is used to add additional ideas to what we are saying.

Common addition phrases are:

• And

• In addition / Additionally / An additional

• Furthermore

• Also

• Too

• As well as

• What is more / What’s more

Example Linking Phrases

This type of linking phrase is used when we would like to give an example of something.

Common example phrases are:

• For example

• For instance

• That is (ie)

• Such as

• Including

• Namely

Contrast Linking Phrases

Commonly used contrasting phrases are:

• However

• Nevertheless

• Nonetheless

• Still

• Although / Even though / Though

• But

• Yet

• Despite / In spite of

• In contrast (to) / In comparison

• While

• Whereas

• On the other hand

• On the contrary