3.8 Glossary - Connectors

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despite /dɪˈspaɪt/


emphasises that something is true and in comparison to another thing this is surprising.

  • Despite having many beautiful beaches, there is very little tourism in the region.

Usage: Usually used in more formal contexts, e.g. essays.

due to

due to /djuːtə/

explains the reason for something happening

  • The flight was delayed due to a technical problem with the plane.

Usage: Used in more formal contexts. The synonym because is more likely in less formal contexts



furthermore /fɜːðəˈmɔː/

introduces an additional point

  • Many teachers and doctors are underpaid. Furthermore, they work extremely long hours doing difficult jobs.

Usage: Used in more formal (especially written) contexts.



hence /hens/

states that one thing is the result of another thing

  • Hence, the more competition there is, the more benefits are given to both people and society.

Usage: Used in more formal (especially academic) contexts.


however /həʊˈevə/

emphasises that something that happened was a surprise in comparison to another thing

  • Some people say that computer games are bad for children's development, however many of them are actually educational.

Usage: Used in both formal and informal contexts but is more likely in formal contexts. The synonym but is often used in more informal contexts.


I mean

I mean /aiˈmiːn/

indicates you are going to explain something you have said more clearly or in more detail

  • Many young people don't like politics - I mean most just find it boring.

Usage: Used mostly in informal spoken contexts.

in terms of

in terms of /ɪnˈtɜːmzəv/

describes a particular aspect of something that you are talking about

  • My university course is great in terms of the practical subjects, but the theory is a little complicated.

Usage: Can be used in both formal and informal contexts.


indeed² /ɪnˈdiːd/

adds emphasis

  • Smoking is very bad for you indeed.

Usage: Used in both formal and informal contexts.


indeed³ /ɪnˈdiːd/

develops an argument further by adding supporting points

  • A lot of people cannot afford to send their children to private schools. Indeed, a recent report found only 3% of parents were able to.

Usage: Used in more formal (especially academic) contexts.


indeed¹ /ɪnˈdiːd/

emphasises that you think something is true

  • Letting children play video games is indeed bad for their development.

Usage: Used in both formal and informal contexts.

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