Connectives List


Connectives connect and relate sentences and paragraphs. They assist in the logical flow of ideas as they signal the relationship between sentences and paragraphs. In prose, the material is supported and conditioned not only by the ordering of the material (its position) but by connectives which signal order, relationship and movement.

Some of the more commonly used connectives are listed below. Note especially how these connections function to develop, relate, connect and move ideas.
USAGECONNECTIVE WORDS
addition of ideasand, also, besides, further, furthermore, too, moreover, in addition, then, of equal importance, equally important, another
timenext, afterward, finally, later, last, lastly, at last, now, subsequently, then, when, soon, thereafter, after a short time, the next week (month, day, etc.), a minute later, in the meantime, meanwhile, on the following day, at length, ultimately, presently
order or sequencefirst, second, (etc.), finally, hence, next, then, from here on, to begin with, last of all, after, before, as soon as, in the end, gradually
space and placeabove, behind, below, beyond, here, there, to the right (left), nearby, opposite, on the other side, in the background, directly ahead, along the wall, as you turn right, at the top, across the hall, at this point, adjacent to
to signal an examplefor example, to illustrate, for instance, to be specific, such as, moreover, furthermore, just as important, similarly, in the same way
resultsas a result, hence, so, accordingly, as a consequence, consequently, thus, since, therefore, for this reason, because of this
purposeto this end, for this purpose, with this in mind, for this reason(s)
comparisonlike, in the same manner (way), as so, similarly
contrast connectivesbut, in contrast, conversely, however, still, nevertheless, nonetheless, yet, and yet, on the other hand, on the contrary, or, in spite of this, actually, in fact
to summarize or reportin summary, to sum up, to repeat, briefly, in short, finally, on the whole, therefore, as I have said, in conclusion, as you can see


Also See: Conjunctions


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