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Linking Words For Essays Exercises For Flabby

Fill in the blanks with appropriate linking words. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one.

1. She was …………………… unable to attend the meeting.

a) In particular
b) Therefore
c) As well as

2. …………………, we are satisfied with your performance.

a) For example
b) In general
c) Incidentally

3. I am not quite sure what time I will arrive, maybe half past eight or a quarter to nine. ………………… . I will be there before nine o’clock.

a) Anyhow
b) In general
c) All right

4. It is a small house and requires a lot of repairs. …………………, it is a long way from the center.

a) Nonetheless
b) Moreover
c) On the contrary

5. Everybody had heard of Einstein, ………………… hardly anyone could understand his theory of relativity.

a) But
b) And
c) Of course

6. He was always popular with women and even got married twice. …………………… .., the women closest to him were invariably unhappy.

a) Certainly
b) All the same
c) Of course

7. It is true that the British did some good in India. …………………… .., colonialism is basically bad.

a) Even so
b) Of course
c) In particular

8. Can you help me in …………………?

a) Anyway
b) Any way
c) By the way

9. The car broke down on the way. …………………… ., I managed to reach in time.

a) Certainly
b) In spite of this
c) Therefore

10. ‘Interesting movie?’ ‘…………………., it was a complete waste of time’.

a) However
b) On the contrary
c) Certainly

Answers

1. Therefore

2. In general

3. Anyhow

4. Moreover

5. But

6. All the same

7. Even so

8. Any way

9. In spite of this

10. On the contrary

 

All sentences in a paragraph need to relate to the main idea in the topic sentence. The reader should be able to see how each sentence flows from the previous one and how each is connected to the topic sentence. Linking words and phrases weave sentences together to create a cohesive paragraph.

Linking words and phrases

Sequence

First, firstly, second, third, thirdlynext, last finally
in addition, moreoverfurthermore
alsoIn conclusion, to summarise
The first...The/a second
One...Another...
An additional...

Addition

In additionFurthermore
Alsoand
as well as

Cause

Forbecause
sinceas
because ofto cause

Effect

Soas a result
as a consequencetherefore
thusconsequently
henceto result from
due toas a result/consequence
ofto result in
to affect

Emphasis

UndoubtedlyIndeed
ObviouslyGenerally
AdmittedlyIn theory/fact
ParticularlyEspecially
Clearly

Comparison

SimilarlyLikewise
AlsoToo
asjust as
andlike
just likesimilar to
be similar to/ the same asbe alike
not only...but alsoto compare to/with

Contrast

HoweverNevertheless
NonethelessStill
Although, Even though, thoughbut
yetDespite, In spite of
In contrast, In comparisonWhile, whereas
On the other handOn the contrary
But

Example

For exampleFor instance
That isSuch as
IncludingNamely