Linking Words: List of Sentence Connectors in English with Examples!



After the completion of this article/post, you would be able to

  • explain the connectors.

  • understand various kinds of connectors used in sentences. 

  • make sentences by using connectors of different types.


At the time of speaking or writing something, we use some words or phrases in order to maintain the cohesion or continuity of the sentences. Those words or phrases are called connectors. For example – therefore, but, next, in fact, of course, in brief, on the other hand, etc. So, a connector work as a conjunction to join two or more words, phrases, and clauses together. There are three main types of linking words:

A. Conjunctions
B. Sentence connectors
C. Subordinators

A. Conjunctions

Conjunctions are the most common form of linking words. They are used to join two parts of a sentence together, generally in the middle of a sentence. There are seven coordinating conjunctions. They are – and, but, so, or, for, nor, yet.

Good teachers work hard    and  they organize their lecture effectively.

(Independent clause)    (conjunction)    (independent clause)

B. Sentence Connectors

Sentence connectors are used to link ideas from one sentence to the next and to give paragraphs coherence. Most pieces of formal writing are organized in a similar way: introduction, development of main ideas or arguments; conclusion. Linking words and phrases join clauses, sentences and paragraphs together.

Sentence connectors perform different functions and are placed at the beginning of a sentence.

They are used to introduce, order, contrast, sequence ideas, theory, data, etc.

Functions of the Sentence Connectors:

1. Connectors used to mean the sequence or chronology of events:

    • First, firstly, at first, in the first place, at the beginning, in the beginning, to begin with

    • Second, secondly, third, thirdly, fourth, fourthly, etc.

    • In between, in the middle of

    • In the end, at the end, lastly, at last, finally, to sum up, in conclusion, last but not the lest

    • Next, afterwards, after that, then


In order to open a bank account, you have to follow some steps. First you have to collect a form from the bank. Then you have to fill up the form accordingly. After that you need to submit the form to the manager. Finally the manager will give approval to open a bank account for you.

2. Connectors are used to provide additional information: and, additionally, besides, further, furthermore, especially, not only ….. but also, moreover, both…..and, or, either…..or, neither…..nor, as well as, too, likewise, also, in addition, so on, apart from, similarly, again.


Both Hasan and Habib obtained the same grade.

Either she or her brother came here yesterday.

I will neither go nor ask anybody to go there.

He as well as his father will come tomorrow.

He is a meritorious student. In addition, he is good player.

3. Connectors are used to give examples: such as, namely, for example, for instance, that is, to illustrate, as an illustration, to demonstrate, etc.


He is an expert in a number of areas such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, medicine, etc.

There are a lot of benefits of early rising. For instance, one can inhale fresh breath.

4. Connectors are used to indicate contrast: on the contrary, instead, on the other hand, but, yet, still, while, whereas, though, although, even though, despite, in spite of, however, nevertheless, nonetheless


He studied hard but he failed.

The government has increased salary of employees. On the other hand/on the contrary it has increased the rate of tax on income.

In spite of being a regular student, she could not pass in the examination.

Hasan is very hardworking person, whereas his brother is lazy.

5. Connectors are used in comparison: similarly, likewise, in the same way, than, as …. as, so ….. as, too, correspondingly, equally


He is taller than his elder brother.

She is an expert in computer technology. Likewise, she has expertise in mobile technology too.

She is as beautiful as a doll.

She dressed in the same way her mother liked.

6. Connectors are used to express cause/effect : since, for, because, as, why, so that


I don’t know why she is crying.

I could not go to the office because my mother was sick.

I am not attending your party tonight as I will be flying tonight.

7. Connectors are used to express results: so, therefore, hence, as a result, as a consequence, thus, consequently, eventually, so that, accordingly, now

For Examples:

The electricity has gone out. So we have to wait until it comes again.

He did not attend the classes regularly. Therefore, he got not marks is attendance.

I don’t have the habit of getting up in the morning. As a consequence, I fall sick often.

8. Connectors are used to express the purposes of any action: as much as, as many as, so that, in order that, lest, so as to


I keep the door open so as to let fresh air enter into the room.

The boy is studying hard so that/in order that he can do well in the examination.

He ate as many ice-cream as he could.

9. Connectors are used to put condition: if, otherwise, unless, till, until, provided, provided that, in case, as long as


If you call me, I will come to help you.

Study hard or/otherwise you have to face difficulty in the examination.

Wait here until/till I come back.

The singer has agreed to perform in the concert provided that a good amount of money will be given.

10. Connectors are used to indicate time and place: at that time, there, where, when, while, before, after, since, as soon as, sometimes, at present, presently, of late, now, then, afterward, at first, once, no sooner hand … than


She is a writer. At the same time she is a singer.

They had arrived at the station before the rain started.

She wanted to know where I come from.

As soon as the singer came on the stage, the audience applauded.

11. Connectors are used to indicate conclusion: to sum up, in brief, in short, in fine, to summarize, on the whole, above all, in all, in conclusion, to conclude


He is good at Mathematics, English, Physics, and other subjects. Above all he is a brilliant student.

We have three English teachers, two Bengali teachers, and four Science teachers. In total we have nine teachers at our college.

He has established a school in the village. He helps people at the time of natural disasters.

He donates money to poor students. In brief, he is a very kind hearted man.

12. Connectors are used to indicate events occurring at the same time: at the same time, at that time, mean while, in the mean time, as


She was eating and watching television at the same time.

When you called me yesterday; I was watching cricket at that time.

I entered into the meeting room at 10:45 am. Mean while the issues had been settled.

13. Relative pronouns are used as connectors: who, which, whom, whose, what, whatever, whichever, that


I know the person who came here last night.

This is the book which I need.

I will give you whatever you want.

14. Connectors are used in pairs: whether …. or, rather …. than, though …. yet


You should rather wait than go now.

I am not sure whether you are coming or not.

15. Connectors are used to indicate how the work has been completed: as if, as though, how, however, like, so as, by and by, as it were, such…, such……that


He speaks as if he knew everything.

She can write like her father does.

We need such students as are hard-working.

Write as I asked you.

Linking Words: List of Sentence Connectors in English with Examples!

C. Subordinators

Subordinators are linking words that are used to join clauses together. They are used as the beginning or in the middle of a sentence. Subordinators connect elements of unequal importance. One clause is not as strong as the other.


Even though the train was late, I got the exam on time.

Dependent clause    Independent clause

Common subordinators

Below are some examples of commonly used subordinators:

Linking Words: List of Sentence Connectors in English with Examples!

Exercise 01:

Identify the connectors used in the following passage.

Persuasion is the art of convincing someone to agree with your point of view. According to the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, there are three basic tools of persuasion such as ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos is a speaker’s way of convincing the audience that s/he is a credible source. An audience will consider a speaker credible if s/he seems trustworthy, reliable, and sincere. This can be done in many ways. For example, a speaker can develop ethos by explaining how much experience or education s/he has in the field. After all, you would be more likely to listen to advice about how to take care of your teeth from a dentist than a firefighter. A speaker can also create ethos by convincing the audience that s/he is a good person who has their best interests at heart. If an audience cannot trust you, you will not be able to persuade them. Pathos is a speaker’s way of connecting with an audience’s emotions. For example, a speaker who is trying to convince an audience to vote for him might say that he alone can save the country from a terrible war. These words are intended to fill the audience with fear, thus making them want to vote for him. Similarly, a charity organization that helps animals might show an audience pictures of injured dogs and cats. These images are intended to fill the viewers with pity. If the audience feels bad for the animals, they will be more likely to donate money. Logos is the use of facts, information, statistics, or other evidence to make your argument more convincing.

An audience will be more likely to believe you if you have data to back up your claims. For example, a commercial for soap might tell you that laboratory tests have shown that their soap kills all 7,000,000 of the bacteria living on your hands right now. This piece of information might make you more likely to buy their brand of soap. Presenting this evidence is much more convincing than simply saying “our soap is the best!” Use of logos can also increase a speaker’s ethos; the more facts a speaker includes in his argument, the more likely you are to think that he is educated and trustworthy. Although ethos, pathos, and logos all have their strengths, they are often most effective when they are used together.

Answer key:

Such as, and, that, if, and, for example, after all, also, that, who, if, for example, who, that, thus, similarly, that, and, if, or, if, for example, that, also, that, although, when
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