These are personal collections from the net for teaching and learning Linking Words.
Linking words and phrases are extremely important in writing. They help you to connect your ideas and sentences, so that your reader can follow your ideas. If you do not use linking devices, your sentences could appear isolated from each other, which makes it more difficult for your reader to follow your "line of thinking" and the points you make.
· They are used to connect one idea to the next.
· They are used by the writer to help the reader progress from one idea to the next; in other words, they give a document “unity” .
· They show the relationship within a paragraph (or even within a sentence) between the main idea and the support the writer gives for those ideas.
· Different linking words have different functions.
All the sentences within a paragraph have a relationship to one another and to the main idea.
The connection within and between sentences in a paragraph can be shown in several ways,but mainly by the use of linking words.
These words and phrases may be conjunctions, such as and, but, and however, or explanatory expressions, such as for instance, on the other hand, and so on.
Linking words act as signals.
They give directions.
They tell the reader where the paragraph is going. In this sense, they also act to hold sentences together, achieving unity.