3.8 Glossary - Connectors

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moreover /mɔːrˈəʊvə/

introduces an additional idea which is even more important or relevant than a previous one

  • The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and, moreover, the food is fantastic.

Usage: Usually used in formal contexts.


on the other hand

on the other hand /ɒnðəˈʌðəhænd/

compares two different points of view or ideas

  • Some argue that zoos are cruel to animals and should be banned. On the other hand, some feel they provide comfortable environments for many animals and offer us fantastic educational opportunities.

Usage: Usually used in academic contexts.

owing to

owing to /ˈəʊɪŋtə/

describes the reason for something happening

  • The environmental problems we face now are owing to governments not doing enough to tackle pollution.

Usage: Used in more formal and academic contexts.



therefore /ðeəˈfɔː/

introduces the result of something

  • Many young children spend all day time playing computer games and are, therefore, less likely to play outside.

Usage: Used in more formal contexts. In more informal contexts it is likely the synonym so would be used.


though /ðəu/

says that something is surprising or is an exception in relation to another thing

  • I haven't really got any experience in sales. My degree is in business studies though so I know a bit about it.

Usage: used in more informal (especially spoken) contexts.



while² /waɪl/

introduces an idea that is surprising compared to another that has just been mentioned

  • While there have always been differences in the types of work men and women have done, the trend in modern times is for both sexes to have greater freedom of choice in terms of employment.

Usage: More common in formal contexts. In less formal contexts (especially spoken ones) the synonym but is often used instead. While and whilst have exactly the same meanings.


while¹ /waɪl/

says that something happened at the same time as another thing

  • While I was at school, the government made a lot of changes to the education system.

Usage: Used in both formal and informal contexts. While and whilst have exactly the same meanings.

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