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Connecting Ideas: English Link Words . Part 2.

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Sequencing Ideas

When presenting a series of ideas or steps, link words like "first," "second," "next," "finally," and "lastly" can help organize your thoughts in a logical sequence.

Basic

First,...,second
Finally
Lastly
In the first place

Advanced

Subsequently
In the meantime
Accordingly
Consequently
Ultimately

Examples:
First, we will conduct market research to identify customer preferences. Second, we will develop a comprehensive marketing strategy. Lastly, we will execute the plan.
Subsequently, we performed a hierarchical logistic regression analysis to identify significant predictors of case status.
Part of the plan was to upgrade her skills in the meantime, while relying on her husband's wage.
Consequently, the implementation of training was staggered for groups of students.

Emphasizing Points

To emphasize a particular point or highlight its significance, use link words such as "notably," "significantly," "crucially," and "importantly." These words draw attention to key aspects of your argument or findings.

Basic

Significantly
Importantly
Crucially

Advanced

Notably
Undoubtedly
Particularly

Examples:
Notably, our company has achieved a 20% increase in sales revenue over the past quarter.
Crucially, almost 50 per cent of participants felt they were more productive at work.
On the other hand, organic production techniques, particularly crop rotation, can reduce risk in the longer term.

Summarizing and Concluding

To summarize ideas or draw conclusions, employ link words like "in conclusion," "to sum up," "overall," and "in summary." These words signal that you are wrapping up your thoughts and leaving a lasting impression.

Basic

In conclusion
To sum up
Overall
In summary.

Advanced

In a nutshell
All things considered
To put it briefly
In essence

Examples:
In conclusion, our market analysis indicates a growing demand for eco-friendly products, presenting a significant opportunity for our company to expand.
"What went wrong?" "In a nutshell, everything."
In essence, both sides agree on the issue.

Expressing Cause and Effect

When discussing cause-and-effect relationships, link words such as "due to," "as a result," "because of," and "consequently" help connect the reasons and outcomes.

Basic

Due to
As a result
Accordingly of
To illustrate

Advanced

consequently
Henceforth
Thereby
Thus

Examples:
Due to the increase in production costs, we need to adjust our pricing strategy accordingly.
Henceforth, attendance will be taken in all classes.
They had failed to agree to a settlement, thereby throwing 250 people out of work.
They planned to reduce staff and thus to cut costs.