‘Connectors’ are used to link large groups of words: phrases and sentences. You can also use them to connect paragraphs to give them coherence. Sentence connectors are usually placed at the beginning of a sentence and may be categorized as follows:
· This restaurant has the best kitchen in town. However, their staff are quite rude.
2. IN CONTRAST
· House prices have gone up this year. In contrast, car prices seem to be stagnating.
· I was in so much pain I didn’t want to get up in the morning. Nevertheless, I went to football practice as usual.
· I don’t think Sean has serious behavioural problems. Nonetheless, I’ll talk to him first thing in the morning.
· I’ve asked you a thousand times not to leave your dirty socks on the floor. Yet, you keep doing it.
6. ON THE OTHER HAND
· England has the best language schools. On the other hand, it has the worst weather.
7. BY COMPARISON
· Going out with Jim has its risks. By comparison, being with Tim is as easy as falling off a log.
8. ON THE CONTRARY
· I don’t hate Jim. On the contrary, I’m rather fond of him.
· I didn’t want to take a side in the argument. Instead, I put my headphones on and listened to some smooth jazz.
10. IN ANY CASE
· I was thinking of going round Jim’s place. In any case, I haven’t been invited.
11. ALL THE SAME
· Yes, he’s very good-looking. All the same, I don’t think you should go out with him.
· You can’t give your phone number to every man who asks for it. Likewise, you can’t go out with everyone who fancies you.
· You’re not allowed to use your phone here. Similarly, you have to switch it off when you’re in the library.
· She’s an excellent photographer. Correspondingly, her paintings are works of art.
4. IN THE SAME WAY
· Cutting down on sugar will help you lose weight. In the same way, doing more exercise will help you get rid of a few kilos.
· I want to talk to Prince Harry when I’m in England. Also, I want to meet his sister-in-law.
1. AS A RESULT
· I’ve done a pranic healing course. As a result, I’ve been able to cure my neighbour’s sick cat.
2. AS A CONSEQUENCE
· Zack has skipped school on many occasions. As a consequence, he’s failed his French test.
· We’re going to experience some meteor showers in the next few days. Therefore, the number of miraculous self-healings will rise.
· You didn’t tell me you wanted to come. Thus, we won’t be taking you with us.
· Plenty of tourists visit the area in summer. Accordingly, selling hand-made objects is the main source of income for locals.
1. FIRST, FIRSTLY, FIRST OF ALL, IN THE FIRST PLACE
· First of all, I’d like to talk about the benefits of having a pet pig.
2. TO BEGIN WITH
· To begin with, pet pigs are cleaner than dogs.
3. FOR ONE THING
· For one thing, they’re completely loyal to their owners.
4. SECOND, SECONDLY, IN THE SECOND PLACE
· Secondly, their impressive numeracy skills must be mentioned.
5. FOR ANOTHER THING
· For another thing, you might want to consider how cute they look in pyjamas.
6. THIRD, THIRDLY, IN THE THIRD PLACE
· In the third place, you can always count on your pet pig to perform some tricks for you when you’d like to impress a pretty girl.
· Also, they don’t eat much.
· Besides not eating much, they won’t ever chew on your electric cords.
9. IN ADDITION
· In addition, they can be taught to feed themselves if you allow them access to your pantry.
· Furthermore, they make wonderful walking buddies.
· Moreover, they’ll show you the way home when you’re drunk.
· Finally, pet pigs are fantastic guards. No burglar would ever have the heart to hurt a pet pig.
13. LAST, LASTLY, LAST OF ALL
· Lastly, your reputation as an eccentric will rapidly grow in the neighbourhood if you’re seen walking a pet pig on a leash every morning.
ORDER OF IMPORTANCE
1. MOST IMPORTANTLY
· I’d like to talk to you about how to keep calm at your workplace. Most importantly, never go to the canteen while your boss is there.
· You’ll have to focus on your immediate surroundings. Primarily, on your computer screen.
3. ABOVE ALL
· Above all, don’t ever look up from your notes when people are around.
4. MOST SIGNIFICANTLY
· Most significantly, avoid eye-contact at all costs.
5. ESSENTIALLY, BASICALLY (usually spoken)
· How can I put this? Essentially, having an affair with one of your colleagues should be the last thing on your mind.
1. IN PARTICULAR, PARTICULARLY
· Nearly a third of marriages end in divorce. In particular, it’s middle-aged couples that yearn for much more from life.
2. MORE SPECIFICALLY
· Couples tend to argue about financial issues. More specifically, they argue when one of them is out of work.
1. FOR EXAMPLE
· To solve this problem, you might want to try making small gestures. For example, making your spouse’s favourite meal for dinner or giving him a massage after a tiring day.
2. FOR INSTANCE
· Appreciate the small things your spouse does for you. For instance, leave thank-you notes for them every now and then.
3. TO ILLUSTRATE
· Misunderstandings can be highly destructive. To illustrate, if your spouse sees you with a friend of the opposite sex in a café, he might not understand why he hasn’t been invited and demand an explanation.
1. THAT IS TO SAY, THAT IS
· Keep romance alive. That is to say, don’t let your lovelife fall into routine.
· I have a very good reason for not trusting my ex. Namely, he’s a convicted felon.
3. IN OTHER WORDS
· Don’t be unsociable. In other words, go out and make some friends.
4. PUT DIFFERENTLY
· John has managed to get over Jane. Put differently, he’s started seeing other women.
1. AS A MATTER OF FACT
· I love sleeping with my pet pig. As a matter of fact, I can’t fall asleep unless he’s in my bed.
2. IN FACT
· I told them not to invite Rachel to the party. In fact, I was the only person who saw what a party pooper she really was.
· I think it would be a good idea to send her some flowers. Actually, you should get her a hundred orchids.
· He may be the best-dressed man around. Indeed, he has a really good taste in fashion.
FOCUSING AND LINKING
1. AS FOR (often suggests disinterest or dislike)
· I’m going to Janet’s party at the weekend. As for Mary’s, I think I’ll pass.
2. WITH RESPECT TO
· Starting your own IT company may be the one of the best things you can do right now. With respect to opening a pet shop, it’s hard to say the same thing.
· Start your day with making the most important phone calls. Regarding emails, you might put them off until later.
4. WITH REGARD TO
· With regard to handling complaints, you might want to keep in mind that your customers are always right.
5. AS REGARDS
· Working from home has many advantages. As regards disadvantages, it might be difficult to keep your cat off your keyboard.
6. TALKING OF
· Talking of cats, you can’t trust them to keep you company when you need it. They’re quite selfish creatures.
7. AS FAR AS … CONCERNED
· As far as dogs are concerned, they might give you a chance to get up from your desk and get some exercise during the day.
1. IN CONCLUSION
· In conclusion, it may be said that pigs make the best pets.
2. IN BRIEF
· Meeting my boss at the pub was an interesting experience. In brief, it was a disaster.
3. IN SUMMARY
· In summary, it may not be the best idea to frequent the same pubs as your boss.
4. TO SUM UP
· To sum up, some people are better suited to working from home than others.
5. ALL IN ALL
· All in all, you have to make sure both you and your customers are satisfied with your work.
· I thought it was a good idea to get a ferret. Rather, it had always been my dream to get one.
2. TO BE MORE PRECISE
· You might want to change a few things. To be more precise, I think you should start again from scratch.
1. AT FIRST
· It wasn’t a piece of cake to learn English. At first, I couldn’t pronounce all the words correctly.
· Then, I couldn’t spell all the words correctly.
· Afterwards, I had a hard time understanding the tenses.
· Later, I couldn’t memorize phrasal verbs and idioms.
5. IN THE MEANTIME
· Meanwhile, I was enjoying my skype lessons more and more.
DISMISSAL (of what was said before)
· I couldn’t get my head around the Passive Voice. Anyway, I don’t think it’s important to use it all the time.
· Anyhow, I’ve just decided to learn Russian next.
3. AT ANY RATE
· At any rate, I don’t want to become a simultaneous interpreter in five languages.