Linking words together
In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, the main focus was on speaking skills and taking a long turn. However, we also spoke about the importance of linking words. On this page, we are going to take a closer look at some different types of linking words.
Here are some examples of linking words from this week's podcast:
The fans in the cafe are all in yellow, but I don’t think it’s Brazil, although they might be watching a match in Brazil.
In the photo at the top, there are fans watching a match on TV whereas in the other photo they are at the stadium.
In the podcast, we looked mainly at linking words to compare and contrast ideas and images. However, there are other ways we can use linking words, too.
When you are telling a story, a personal anecdote or comparing photographs in exams linking words can be very useful. You can use them in lots of different ways. Below, you can see three ways we often use linking words:
- To show reasons and causes
- To compare and contrast information
- To show the order or sequence of events
Here are six sentences about football. In each of them, the linking words are in blue. Read the sentences and then try to match the linking words with the rules above.
Manchester City scored a consolation goal in the 89th minute, but Liverpool had already scored four without reply.
Belgium and Portugal have never won the World Cup. However, they are amongst the favourites to win the World Cup this summer.
The manager had already made three substitutions so the team had to play the rest of the match with ten players.
Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Jamie Vardy, N'golo Kante and Luka Modric are players who were told they couldn't be footballers because they were too small.
Players and managers often have to give interviews to the media after a match.
When players take a penalty they need to be relaxed and confident.
What do you think?
Have you got any questions about linking words?
Do you know any more linking words?
Practise using linking words in the comments section below and we will correct them if they're wrong!