Connectors and useful phrases for writing

Listing points:

  • First of all;
  • In the first place;
  • Firstly;
  • First and foremost;
  • To start with;
  • To begin with;
  • Secondly;
  • Thirdly;
  • Finally;
  • Last but not least;
  • Lastly;

 

Listing advantages and disadvantages:

  • One of the main advantages of;
  • One advantage of;
  • Another advantage of;
  • One benefit of;
  • A disadvantage of;
  • The downside of;
  • One drawback is that;
  • The pros and cons of;

 

Adding more points:

  • In addition;
  • What is more
  • Furthermore;
  • Not only… but also;
  • Moreover;
  • Besides;
  • On top that;
  • As well;
  • Too;
  • Also;
  • Additionally;

 

Adding emphasis:

  • Obviously;
  • There is little doubt that;
  • It goes without saying that;
  • Clearly;
  • Needless to say;

 

Expressing personal opinion:

  • In my opinion;
  • As far as I am concerned;
  • From my point of view;
  • In my view;
  • To my mind;
  • It strikes me that;
  • It seems to me that;
  • I strongly believe that;
  • Personally;

 

Expressing effect and reason

  • As a consequence;
  • Therefore;
  • As a result;
  • Thus;
  • For this reason;
  • Due to;
  • On account of;
  • Owing to;
  • So;
  • Because of;
  • Because of the fact that
  • Due to the fact that;

 

Expressing reality:

  • Actually;
  • As a matter of fact;
  • In fact;
  • The reality is that
  • The fact of the matter is that;

 

Referring to subjects and giving examples

  • For example;
  • When it comes to;
  • For instance;
  • With respect to;
  • In terms of;
  • Such as;
  • Like;
  • Regarding;
  • In particular;
  • As far as…is concerned;
  • Among others;

 

Clarifying or rephrasing:

  • That is to say;
  • In other words;
  • To put is simply;
  • To put it in another way;

 

Contrasting points:

  • However;
  • In spite of the fact that;
  • Despite of the fact that;
  • Regardless of the fact that;
  • Yet;
  • Still;
  • Nevertheless;
  • Nonetheless;
  • But;
  • At the same time;
  • Even so;
  • Although;
  • Even though;
  • While;
  • On one hand;
  • On the other hand;
  • On the contrary;
  • At the same time;
  • In contrast;

 

Concluding:

  • In conclusion;
  • All in all;
  • To sum up;
  • On the whole;
  • Taking everything into account;
  • All things considered;
  • All I have said;
  • As has been discussed;

 

Listing points:

  • First of all;
  • In the first place;
  • Firstly;
  • First and foremost;
  • To start with;
  • To begin with;
  • Secondly;
  • Thirdly;
  • Finally;
  • Last but not least;
  • Lastly;

 

Listing advantages and disadvantages:

  • One of the main advantages of;
  • One advantage of;
  • Another advantage of;
  • One benefit of;
  • A disadvantage of;
  • The downside of;
  • One drawback is that;
  • The pros and cons of;

 

Adding more points:

  • In addition;
  • What is more
  • Furthermore;
  • Not only… but also;
  • Moreover;
  • Besides;
  • On top that;
  • As well;
  • Too;
  • Also;
  • Additionally;

 

Adding emphasis:

  • Obviously;
  • There is little doubt that;
  • It goes without saying that;
  • Clearly;
  • Needless to say;

 

Expressing personal opinion:

  • In my opinion;
  • As far as I am concerned;
  • From my point of view;
  • In my view;
  • To my mind;
  • It strikes me that;
  • It seems to me that;
  • I strongly believe that;
  • Personally;

 

Expressing effect and reason

  • As a consequence;
  • Therefore;
  • As a result;
  • Thus;
  • For this reason;
  • Due to;
  • On account of;
  • Owing to;
  • So;
  • Because of;
  • Because of the fact that
  • Due to the fact that;

 

Expressing reality:

  • Actually;
  • As a matter of fact;
  • In fact;
  • The reality is that
  • The fact of the matter is that;

 

Referring to subjects and giving examples

  • For example;
  • When it comes to;
  • For instance;
  • With respect to;
  • In terms of;
  • Such as;
  • Like;
  • Regarding;
  • In particular;
  • As far as…is concerned;
  • Among others;

 

Clarifying or rephrasing:

  • That is to say;
  • In other words;
  • To put is simply;
  • To put it in another way;

 

Contrasting points:

  • However;
  • In spite of the fact that;
  • Despite of the fact that;
  • Regardless of the fact that;
  • Yet;
  • Still;
  • Nevertheless;
  • Nonetheless;
  • But;
  • At the same time;
  • Even so;
  • Although;
  • Even though;
  • While;
  • On one hand;
  • On the other hand;
  • On the contrary;
  • At the same time;
  • In contrast;

 

Concluding:

  • In conclusion;
  • All in all;
  • To sum up;
  • On the whole;
  • Taking everything into account;
  • All things considered;
  • All I have said;
  • As has been discussed;

 

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