Top 100 Sentence Connectors + Linking Words Examples

Connectors , also called logical, discursive or sentence connectors, are words, phrases or expressions that allow us to indicate a semantic relationship between two statements, sentences or parts of a text. For example:on the one hand, in sum, on the other hand.

There are different types of connectors and each class reveals relationships of a different nature, including cause, contrast, consequence, addition, opposition, equivalence. For example:

indeed, so, therefore, in the first place, on the contrary, however.

To take into account :

The use of connectors allows a more fluid writing and favors the understanding of the texts. Along with correct spelling and grammar, it is one of the elements that add quality and clarity to a piece of writing. Therefore, it is important to know the function of each connector, in order to use them properly when linking the different ideas in a text.

Connector types

Additive and precision connectors or customization

They provide the meaning of addition and can also be used to specify the information that is transmitted.

connector Example
what’s more We will go to the movies and, in addition, to dinner.
likewise The book is entertaining; Also, it is very instructive.
in fact He left home late. In fact , she was late for the appointment.
over The player missed the penalty and, on top of that, he was injured.
it’s more I have many books; What ‘s more , you can take the one you want.
in addition The manager has resigned and, to boot , his entire team has gone with him.
on one side / on the other side On the one hand , he is a very good teacher; on the other hand , he can become very strict.
in reality I assume it will come. Actually, I have no way of knowing.
above all Wear a coat and, above all, good shoes.
besides I do not want to go. Besides , I have a commitment at the same time.

Adversative and counterargumentative connectors

They express opposition or contrast between two statements.

connector Example
However The play was a bit boring; Now , the actors did an excellent job.
on the contrary / on the contrary / on the contrary I’m not cold; On the contrary , it is quite hot here.
nevertheless He studied a lot. However , he failed the exam.
nevertheless Was feeling bad; nonetheless , he went to work.
instead He doesn’t like fruit; instead , he loves vegetables.
however The young man listened to the entire discussion; however , he did not want to get involved.
although Despite the bad weather, they decided to go to the beach.
yes indeed The property is in price. It is, however , a bit old.
rather well Things didn’t go as expected. Rather , the situation was very tense.

Concessive connectors

They introduce an obstacle or difficulty for the realization of something, but that does not prevent it from happening.

connector Example
Even so  I was exhausted. Still , the job was done.
with everything He never studies; All in all , she does well in exams.
even so The goalkeeper is injured. Even so , he had an excellent performance.
in any way/manner The entrance is a bit expensive. Either way , we’ll get the money and go to the concert.
anyway/however They packed their bags and left; anyway , they arrived late at the airport.
in any case I don’t think I’ll make it. In any case , I’ll try.
in any case You can go to his house; anyway , she won’t be there to receive you.

Consecutive, inferential and causal connectors

They establish a relationship of cause or consequence between two statements.

connector Example
Thus They argued strongly and therefore they do not want to see each other anymore.
then I understand that you do not want to leave your house; So , I’ll go visit you.
for that reason I left in a hurry, that’s why I forgot the coat.
so that I was already tired of driving. So he stopped by the side of the road.
therefore The hotel was complete. Therefore , we had to stay in a family house.
consequently The store was not well set up. Consequently , the rain wet all our things.
in this/that way Patients must announce themselves at reception; that way , the doctor knows that they are already in the office.
thus I already finished my homework; therefore , I withdraw.
consequently When they arrived, visiting hours were over; consequently , they could not enter the room.
for this / that reason The participant did not respect the regulation; for that reason , he was disqualified.
due Many children missed school because of the rain.
because The flight is delayed due to fog.
because of They organized a surprise party for his birthday.

Explanatory connectors

They clarify or detail something that has just been said.

connector Example
namely We will be arriving in two days, that is , on Wednesday.
that is I have everything I need for dinner, that is , food, drinks and dessert.
namely The band is made up of different musicians, namely a singer, a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer.
I mean It started to rain, that is , we will not go anywhere.

Reformulator Connectors

They explain, summarize, modify or clarify something already said.

connector Example
said in another way/form The striker was key in the victory. Put another way , they wouldn’t have won without him.
in other words Juan called saying he has a fever. In other words , he won’t come to work.
in other terms The economic plan is not working. In other words , if we don’t change course we will be in trouble.
more plainly Plants are self-sufficient living beings. More simply , they can feed and grow autonomously.
In other words Oranges provide a lot of vitamin C. In other words , eating oranges is good for your health.

Example Connectors

They introduce examples that illustrate something already said.

connector Example
for instance Concrete nouns designate things that can be perceived with the senses, for example : house, dog, cloud.
So Plant species can be very different. Thus , they can be large or small, with or without flowers, perennial or annual.
for example There are moments in life that can be very stressful, for example , a move, a job change or a duel.
so we have There are many excellent Borges stories; Thus we have “Death and the compass”, “The south”, “The Aleph”, “Funes, the memorious”. 

Rectifying connectors

They correct or modify previous information.

connector Example
rather We will have to work a full day; rather , two six-hour days.
rather That he arrived at that hour was something strange; rather , it was rare.
to better say The company—or, to put it better , the manager—has already made a decision.

Recapitulative connectors

They conclude or close an idea or a text.

connector Example
in summary We have walked, read, rested, eaten and drunk. In short , we had an extraordinary vacation.
in the end She will do what she wants. Ultimately , it is her decision.
after all This could not have been possible without everyone’s collaboration. At the end of the day , it is a collective project.
in conclusion More than half of the deputies were absent; In conclusion , the project could not be dealt with.
definitely You can go dressed as you want; In short , it is an informal party.
in summary Everything said so far, in short , confirms that the decision made was correct.
in sum The plant is finished. In short , it only remains to inaugurate it.
anyway He was good, supportive and empathic, in short , an excellent person.
In short The presidential speech was extensive, but, in short , it did not contribute anything new.

Sorting Connectors

They organize information sequentially and present facts and ideas in an orderly fashion.

  connector Example
Start or previous first of all We must buy many things. First of all , let’s take care of the food.
first / last In the first place , we will go to Madrid; then we will visit Barcelona.
Firstly Firstly , we will talk about the reasons for the crisis, and then we will focus on possible solutions.
in principle You have to bring a lot of coat. In principle , a good jacket and thermal clothing.
to start To begin with, we would like to thank all of you for being here tonight.
simultaneity or continuity next The second place will be announced and then the winner of the contest.
second/final First, we will analyze the causes and, secondly , the consequences.
next The president of the company will speak, followed by the vice president.
Closing or later Finally Finally , after so much waiting, the reward arrived.
finally First they went to the park, then to have a snack and, finally , to the movies.
to end The writer spoke about his novel and, to finish , he signed copies.
in the last place To discharge the patient, it remains to wait, lastly , for the results of the ultrasound.

Argumentative support connectors

Structure ideas for argumentative purposes.

connector Example
having said that The director stated that he no longer had anything to contribute to the company. With that said , he tendered his resignation.
things like that The car broke down. This being the case , we will have to look for another means of transport.
in view of it Good weather is expected today. In view of this , they will go sailing this afternoon.
as well Well , after all the above, we can conclude that it is a measure that favors those most in need.

Digression connectors

They introduce marginal comments regarding the thread of the argument.

connector Example
by the way Today it’s a sunny day. By the way , I love sunny days.
to all this We’ll go to the beach tomorrow. To all this , I still did not get a bathing suit.
by the way We had a lovely evening. Incidentally , the food was prepared by a chef of international prestige.
about The minister referred to the current situation in the country. Regarding the economy, he stated that growth will only be seen in the coming months.
in brackets The movie was very good. Parenthetically , we were late for the movies because Juan got sick just before leaving.
 

Examples of sentences with connectors

  1. The boy was tired and, moreover , hungry.
  2. I really like the theater; In fact , I want to invite you to see a play.
  3. On the one hand , I feel like going out for a walk; for another , it’s too cold.
  4. His dream was to buy a house. However , it was not within his possibilities.
  5. Juan loves going to museums; On the other hand , Pablo enjoys outdoor activities more.
  6. Despite the fog, the plane took off just the same.
  7. The woman was not feeling well. Still , she decided to attend the event.
  8. We have to leave because the restaurant is closing. Anyway , we’ve already finished eating a while ago.
  9. He felt very cold, so he decided to turn on the heating.
  10. The boy has a cold, that’s why he missed school. 
  11.  My grandmother is a person who keeps many memories; for example , she has a doll of her when she was little.
  12. The course is given in two days, since it lasts 16 hours.
  13. Tomorrow there will be a transport strike. Therefore , the factory will remain closed.
  14. They will return to the country in three months, that is , almost at the end of the year.
  15. First of all , we must beat the eggs. Secondly , add the flour in the form of rain.
  16. It snowed during the whole vacation; I mean , we almost couldn’t leave the house.
  17. I liked the art exhibition a lot, rather , I loved it.
  18. The conference was short, precise and very interesting, in short , a complete success.
  19. It is about to rain. By the way , she didn’t bring an umbrella.
  20. We will visit Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and, finally , Prague.
Caution:

From traditional grammar, conjunctions and conjunctive phrases are usually considered as types of connectors, since they resemble them in function and meaning. However, the New Grammar considers that they do not belong to this class. The connectors guide the reading of a text and logically link the ideas that are sought to be conveyed, while the links —in particular the coordinates , which are always conjunctions or conjunctive phrases— refer only to strictly grammatical elements.

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