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Sentence connectors

Sentence connectors are used to link ideas from one sentence to the next and to give paragraphs coherence. Sentence connectors perform different functions and are placed at the beginning of a sentence. They are used to introduce, order, contrast, sequence ideas, theory, data etc. The following table lists useful connectors.

Useful sentence connectors


Logical / sequential order

  • Firstly, secondly, thirdly etc
  • Next, last, finally
  • In addition
  • Furthermore
  • Also
  • At present / presently


Order of importance

  • Most / more importantly
  • Most significantly
  • Above all
  • Primarily
  • It is essential / essentially


  • However
  • On the other hand
  • On the contrary
  • By (in) comparison
  • In contrast


  • As a result
  • As a consequence
  • Therefore
  • Thus
  • Consequently
  • Hence


  • Similarily
  • Likewise
  • Also


  • The cause of
  • The reason for