3.8 Glossary - Connectors

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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.