Know linking words: Combining phrases

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Linking Words and phrases, also known as Cohesive Devices, are grammatical gems! They may be deployed for a variety of purposes. In fact, they sometimes express exceptions, bridge two clauses together, present contrast, demonstrate comparisons, and much more. 

Notably, the list of English Linking Words is expansive. There are dozens and dozens of them. This is due to their variety of uses. And perhaps, Grammarians, those who study Grammar, haven’t even compiled a full list of these little gems.

All of this aside, today’s lesson covers the phrase “for example.” “For example” introduces a chosen item as a case to prove a point.

You may encounter a native English speaker saying, “Foods eaten in the South West, Santa Fe for example, are inspired by both the native population and German settlers.” 

By saying this, the speaker is telling the listener that cuisine from Santa Fe is typical of South Western dishes and vice-versa. Furthermore, these foods are a blend of native and German recipes. 

Synonyms for the phrase for example

Are there other ways to say for example? There are a few ways that a speaker may express the notion that the following concepts are a case in point. They are “such as”, “for instance”, and “in particular.”

Examples of linking words combining phrases

Kim visited cities such as Busan and Incheon when she was in South Korea.

A lot of factors affect how healthy you are, for instance, how much exercise you do and the type of food you eat. 

We were asked to talk about pollution, in particular, about air and water pollution. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try making your own sentence. 

Q2: Among your friends, is there anyone in particular that you trust more than others? 

Q3: When you travel, do you carry toiletries such as soap and toothpaste? Why or why not?

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