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Connecting Ideas: English Link Words . Part 1.

Let’s explore essential English link words, equipping ourselves with the linguistic tools to articulate thoughts, present arguments, and convey information with clarity and coherence.

Introducing Ideas

When introducing ideas or providing context, link words like "firstly," "initially," "to begin with," and "in the first place" can help structure your thoughts and outline your points clearly.

Basic

Firstly
Initially
To begin with
In the first place

Advanced

Above all
Primarily
Foremost
Pre-eminently

Examples:
Firstly, let's discuss the market trends before diving into the financial analysis.
This would be used primarily by local health-care professionals and managers, first and foremost for feedback, not control purposes.
Nevertheless, optimists and pessimists agreed that the new cities, and pre-eminently the capital, had long been characterized by something akin to a quasi-racial occupational and social order.

Adding Information

To expand on a topic or provide additional details, use link words such as "furthermore," "moreover," "in addition," and "additionally." These words signal that you are providing supplementary information.

Basic

Furthermore
Additionally
Moreover
In addition

Advanced

What's more
Not to mention
On top of that

Examples:
Furthermore, we need to consider the potential risks associated with the proposed marketing strategy.
We missed the bus, and on top of that it started raining.
The decorations were beautiful and, what’s more, the kids made them themselves.

Contrasting Ideas

When discussing contrasting or opposing ideas, link words like "however," "on the other hand," "in contrast," and "nevertheless" can be employed to present a different perspective or acknowledge counterarguments.

Basic

However
On the other hand,
In contrast to
On the contrary

Advanced

Nevertheless
Nonetheless
Conversely

Examples:
The sales figures have increased significantly; however, we need to address the declining customer satisfaction ratings.
There are possible risks, but nonetheless, we feel it’s a sound investment.
Conversely, an increase in the dormancy level of the seed population was observed after periods of storage in dry soil.

Presenting Examples

To illustrate a point or provide examples, use link words such as "for example," "for instance," "such as," and "to illustrate." These words help support your statements with concrete evidence.

Basic

For example
For instance
Such as
To illustrate

Advanced

To exemplify
In particular
By way of illustration

Examples:
We should focus on expanding into emerging markets, such as India and Brazil, to capitalize on their growing consumer base.
The residents, and in particular the women and children, are suffering terribly.
The following data exemplify the three constructions at issue.