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Linking Words

Linking Words

Date: Oct 11 2007

Topic: Grammar

Author: sakuralanguage


linking words 

 Linking words in English are words that are used to combine or link in one sentence 
 two statements presenting contrast, comparison, condition, supposition, purpose etc.


          As long as / provided (that) / providing

   You can take my car as long as/provided (that)/ providing you don't damage it. 
(I will lend you my car on condition that you don't damage it.)

          Although/even though :    

Although/ even though he is rich, he lives in a small house. 
                                                                                         (In spite of the fact that he is rich, he lives in a small house.)

          Even if :

He is poor and has no house, but even if he had a lot of money, he wouldn't buy a house. 
                                                                                         (He has no money and no house, but supposing   
                                                                                           he had money, he still wouldn't buy a house.)

          In case :                                                             

Take an umbrella in case it rains.  
(There is a possibility that it will rain, so it's a good idea to take an umbrella.)

          In spite of / despite :                                        

In spite of/despite the rain, she walked to the station. 
                                                                                         In spite of/despite being blind, she walked to the station. 
                                                                                         ( = without being affected by the rain, or being blind.) 
 So that :                                                              

She arrived early so that she could help her colleagues. 
                                                                                         (She arrived early for the purpose of helping her colleagues.)

          Whereas :                                                          

Tom is rich whereas Jack is poor. 
                                                                                         (Tom is rich.  In contrast, Jack is poor.)

          Whatever :                                                         

You can count on me whatever you decide to do. 
                                                                                         (No matter what you decide to do, you can count on me.)

          Whenever :                                                        

I will lend you my car whenever you need it. 
                                                                                         (No matter when you need my car I will lend it to you.)

          Wherever :                                                          

My thoughts will be with you wherever you go. 
                                                                                         (No matter where you go my thoughts will be with you.) 


linking words    
 Make one sentence from the two below, using the word(s) in brackets.

: It was raining.  We played golf. (even though) => Even though it was raining, we played golf. 
  1.        She wasn't very rich.  She gave money to the beggar. (although)


  2.        He left early.  He wanted to arrive on time. (so that)


  3.        You can go out tonight.  You must tell us where you are going. (provided)


  4.        I don't earn a big salary.  But if I did, I wouldn't buy a car.  (even if)


  5.        Take a sandwich.  There might be no restaurant. (in case)


  6.        There was a lot of noise.  He managed to sleep. (despite)


  7.        Sue likes Opera.  Joe prefers jazz. (They have different tastes.)  (whereas)


  8.        The weather was bad.  They enjoyed the trip. (even though)


  9.        He had the 'flu.  He went to work. (in spite of)


  10.      You have to put the alarm on.  If not, it won't work. (unless)


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