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In Issue 025 of our English Corner E-zine, we started to look at linking signals.
Whether you are communicating in writing or in speech, you help people to understand your message by signalling how one idea leads on from another. It’s like the ‘signposts’ on the highway, indicating how two roads either come together or they part, as the case may be. The words and phrases that have this connecting function generally come at the beginning of a sentence. They have a number of functions, as we shall see in a number of lessons, as follows. You can link sentences:
1. to make a new start or a transition;
2. for changing the subject of a communication;
3. for adding a point in an argument;
4. for reinforcement purposes;
5. to make a summary or a generalisation;
6. to explain something;
7. to reformulate, or put your message in different words;
8. to express time, cause/reason, result;
9. to express conditions;
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Lots of lessons: cause & effect, comparisons, linking signals, relative clauses, presenting information, expressing emotions and grammar games, of course. We had more lessons on: intensifying adverbs and phrasal verbs, expressing various concepts such as addition, exception, restriction and ambiguity. Lately we started some exercises: likes/dislikes, frequency adverbs (twice), verb tenses, etc.
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We looked at a few games by now: Countable & uncountable nouns, Free Rice, Name That Thing, Spell It, Spelloween, the Phrasal Verbs Game, Preposition Desert, The Sentence Game, Word Confusion, Word Wangling, Buzzing Bees, and The Verb Viper Game.
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