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Linking & Connecting Words
It is essential
al to understand how Linking Words
, as a part of speech, can be used to combine ideas in writing – and thus ensure that ideas within sentences and paragraphs are elegantly connected – for the benefit of the reader. This will help to improve your writing
(e.g. essay, comment, summary (scientific) review, (research) paper, letter, abstract, report, thesis, etc.).
It is also fundamental to be aware of the sometimes subtle meaning
of these “small” words within the English language.
“Linking Words” is used as a term to denote a class of English words which are employed to link
parts of speech or even whole sentences. They are also called connecting words. There are 2 categories of Linking Words (or Connecting Words):
Relations Between Words
A concept is an idea – and what is an idea? A thought which is in or on our mind. And what is that? Arguably, even more difficult to describe – if not impossible. So, to make it easier, how do we express ideas? With words – and more often than not – with attitude, gesture, movement, and any other kind of physiological behavior.
So, a concept can be expressed as something between a single word, and an elaborate and in extenso described philosophy.
A concept by itself does not necessarily communicate a clear, unambiguous, understandable meaning. Therefore, especially in written communication, it is more than helpful, to use words, which can join ideas (expressed in different words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs). For this, we need linking words or linking phrases. These are a set of words used to join concepts and to express the relationships between concepts. Depending on the linking words selected, the connection between the concepts becomes more apparent, clear, vivid, self-explanatory, definite or on the contrary, more nebulous, vague, inexplicit, ambiguous or obscure.