Connectors/Linkers in English with Examples!

Linkers are words or phrases that we use to join ideas. It displays also some sort of sense when it comes to the relation between the ideas connected.

''I love playing tennis. I love swimming.''

In this example, we can see that both ideas have a common relationship: addition. i like both playing Tennis and swimming.

We can use,in this case , linkers such as : and, also and too to make the relationship between the two ideas clear.

Here's a list of connectors used in sentences:

adds ideas in support of the main idea

And, not only…but, also,Moreover, as well as, in addition, additionally, moreover, also, furthermore, in addition to

Also: is very common .

Mary is talented. She is also clever.

Moreover: two EQUALLY IMPORTANT facts are given.

I don't like skating, moreover, the ice is too thin.

In addition: often come in a LIST OF ACTIONS; rather formal or factual in tone. I like literature in addition to art.

Besides: is often used when we LIST DIFFERENT REASON .

There were nine pounds left, besides some pennies.

shows the importance of the ideas by listing according to the priority

first, second, third, next, then, following, now, at this point, after, after that, subsequently, eventually, finally, previously

To begin with:

To begin with, I began my education in London.


First, I opened the cupboard.


Then, I started to get worried.

After that:

After that, we knew that there would be no problem!


Next,we decided we need to visit New York.

introduces  illustrations in support of the main idea

for example, such as, for instance,  in this case, in another case, on this occasion, in this situation,  in this manner, to illustrate

such as:

In this forest, you’ll see many types of trees, such as pine and spruce.

for instance:

old people are wise, like my grandmother, for instance .

identifies similarities between two ideas

similarly, likewise, by comparison,equally,as with,just as, so... too, in the same way


The food was excellent, likewise the wine.


He must be about sixty, whereas his wife looks about thirty.

identifies differences between two ideas

but, however, yet, still, even though, nevertheless, on the other hand, otherwise, after all, for all of that, on the contrary, notwithstanding, in contrast, unlike,  whereas, instead of, alternatively, although


I was very eager to learn Polish. However, I gave up quickly after starting.


I was very eager to learn Japanese. I gave up quickly after starting, though.


Despite training very little, the team won easily.