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Lesson 8.1

Adding Information

Agregar información
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Linking words, sometimes also referred to as “connectors”, are words that link or relate two ideas, either within a sentence (connecting two clauses) or within a paragraph (linking two sentences). We have already introduced this concept in a previous lesson (Conjunctions), but with this lesson we will go into further detail.

Linking words, sometimes also referred to as “connectors”, are words that link or relate two ideas, either within a sentence (connecting two clauses) or within a paragraph (linking two sentences). We have already introduced this concept in a previous lesson (Conjunctions), but with this lesson we will go into further detail.

Linking words have various functions, such as for contrasting information, making comparisons, adding information or giving reasons or explanations. Using the incorrect linking word can entirely change the meaning of the sentence and can cause quite a bit of confusion. It is therefore important to have a good understanding of the various meanings and uses of these words. These words are also a great way of improving your English as they allow you to express yourself in a more complex manner. The following lessons provide an explanation of the various functions of linking words and the grammatical rules for their use.

Adding Information

The following list includes linking words used to add or provide more information.

And

The most common linking word for adding information, “and” is used within sentences, frequently in lists which are separated by commas, though a comma is never used before or after the “and”.

Example:

 He loves sport. He plays football, basketball and tennis.

Also

Also” is used between a subject and verb to give extra information or to give emphasis.

Example:

 He also likes to ski.

In addition

Frequently found at the beginning of a sentence, “in addition” is used to add information to the previous sentence.

Example:

 In addition to playing many sports, he coaches a handball team.

As well as

This linking word can be used at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence.

Example:

 He plays football as well as basketball.

Too

Too” may be found at either the end of a sentence or between the subject and verb; it means “as well”.

Example:

 He plays tennis too.

Besides

Generally found at the beginning of a sentence, “besides” has a very similar meaning to “as well as”.

Example:

 Besides playing many sports, he also coaches handball.

Furthermore

This more formal linking word adds additional information to an idea and is generally found at the beginning of a sentence.

Example:

 He loves sports for the excitement and competition. Furthermore, the exercise is good for his health.

Moreover

Like “furthermore”, this connector adds additional information to an idea and is generally found at the beginning of a sentence.

Example:

 He loves sports for the excitement and competition. Moreover, the exercise is good for his health.
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