Linking Words: How to Connect Your Ideas Smoothly!

September 14, 2023
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Today, we’re going to talk about some simple words that help you connect your ideas when you’re speaking or writing in English. These words are: and, but, or, so, and because.

Let’s see how you can use these words:

  • And helps you add more information. Like when you say:
    “I went out of my hotel and walked to the Wall.”
    “It was a warm and pretty night.”
  • But is used when you want to show a difference or contrast between ideas. Like this:
    “I like China, but I’m not a big fan of the food.”
    “The hotel was nice but too pricey.”
  • Or offers choices or alternatives. For example:
    “Would you prefer to visit the old town or hit the beach?”
    “Please, don’t yell or scream.”
  • So shows a result or what happened because of something. Such as:
    “The Wall is very old, so parts of it have fallen apart.”
    “They stayed up all night working, so they were sleepy the next day.”
  • Because explains why something happened. Like:
    “People in China built the Wall because they wanted to protect themselves from enemies.”
    “You can get the tickets because you speak Chinese.”

Using these words can make your talking and writing clearer and more connected. Try them out!

Exercise 1: Fill in the Blank

Exercise 1: Fill in the Blank Choose the appropriate linking word (and, but, or, so, because) to complete the following sentences:

  • I was tired, __________ I decided to take a nap.
  • Would you like tea __________ coffee?
  • The weather was hot, __________ people stayed indoors.
  • She loves to read books __________ watch movies.
  • He couldn’t attend the party __________ he had other plans.
  • They were hungry, __________ they ordered a pizza.
  • I couldn’t find my pen, __________ I borrowed one from my friend.
  • Do you prefer to swim in the pool __________ the ocean?
  • He missed the train __________ he woke up late.
  • The concert was cancelled __________ of the heavy rain.

Key:

  • so
  • or
  • so
  • and
  • because
  • so
  • so
  • or
  • because
  • because

Exercise 2: Choose the Correct Linking Word

Exercise 2: Choose the Correct Linking Word Select the appropriate linking word (and, but, or, so, because) to complete each sentence:

  • I want to play soccer, __________ I need to buy new cleats.
  • Would you like the blue __________ the red shirt?
  • The movie was long, __________ it was very entertaining.
  • I enjoy listening to music __________ reading books.
  • She couldn’t attend the party __________ she had a prior engagement.
  • He studied hard for the exam, __________ he achieved a high score.
  • Do you want to go for a walk __________ watch a movie at home?
  • They missed their flight __________ the traffic was terrible.
  • I bought apples, bananas, __________ grapes at the grocery store.
  • The concert was cancelled __________ it started raining heavily.

Key:

  • so
  • or
  • but
  • and
  • because
  • so
  • or
  • because
  • and
  • because

Remember to use these linking words strategically to create a seamless flow in your writing and effectively convey your ideas.

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