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Linking Signals for Listing and Adding

Another linking signal category of words and phrases is the one indicating listing and adding to an on-going communication. This can also be done in a number of ways, the most common being:

- By using adverbs: first (firstly), second(ly), next, last(ly) (or finally) 

- Or phrases such as: to begin with, in the second place, to conclude

- And other adverbials: also, moreover, furthermore, what is more 

"Several causes for the flu epidemic were given to the health and safety inspectors. To begin with, the building was too cold during the winter months. Secondly, people didn’t have sufficient fuel to burn while they were at home. Not enough nourishing food, moreover, was another cause for their low immune system level… And to conclude, they were passing a cold from one to another, within the constraints of the small apartments they were living in."

We find this choice of words mostly in formal, written communication.

On the other hand, in spoken debate or a discussion, we could also find expressions like: ”And another thing…” and “I might add…”.

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