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Linking words and phrases in Spanish

09 Sep, 2017 Common Spanish Phrases, Spanish for Beginners
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Linking words and phrases are used to connect ideas within clauses, sentences, and paragraphs. In this lesson, we will show you a list of common linking words and phrases in Spanish. This list is very useful for writing essays.

Linking words and phrases in Spanish

Sequence

  • First/Firstly - Primero/En primer lugar
  • Second - Segundo
  • Third - Tercero
  • Previously - Anteriormente
  • Subsequently - Posteriormente
  • Then - Entonces
  • Later - Luego
  • After that - Después de es
  • Finally - Finalmente/Por último
  • In the end - Al final
  • Therefore - Por lo tanto/Por eso
  • So - Así que

Examples:

Al final, los tres cerditos aprendieron la lección - In the end, the three little pigs learned their lesson 

Primero, permítame revisar su pasaporte - First, let me check your passport

Addition

  • And - y
  • As well as - Además de
  • Even - incluso
  • Also/Moreover/Furthermore/In addition - Además
  • Too/As well - También
  • In other words - O sea 

Contrast

  • But - Pero
  • However - Sin embargo
  • Although - Aunque
  • Nevertheless - No obstante
  • In spite of/Despire - A pesar de (que)
  • On the one hand - Por un lado/una parte
  • On the other hand - Por otro lado/otra parte

Examples:

En su familia todos son altos, sin embargo, ella es baja - In her family all are tall, however, she is short 

Me gustaría jugar hoy al tenis, pero me duele el brazo - I would like to play tennis today, but my arm hurts

See also: Common Spanish phrases and expressions in formal letters

Reason

  • Because - Porque
  • As - Como
  • Because of - A causa de (que)
  • Due to/Because of - Debido a (que)
  • Since/Given that - Dado que
  • Since/Because - Ya que
  • Since/As - Puesto que
  • Thanks to - Gracias a (que)
  • Because of - Por culpa (de)
  • For this reason - Por esta razón

Note: 

While "porque" is often used in the middle of a sentence, "como" is usually placed at the beginning.

For example:

Como estaba lloviendo cuando salí, traje un paraguas - As it was raining when I left, I brought an umbrella

"Gracias a (que)" is a connector used in positive connotation. "Por culpa (de)" should be used in negative one, though.

Examples:

Por culpa de la tormenta, se cortó la luz - Because of the storm, the power went off

Gracias a ese club, conocí a muchas personas agradables - Thanks to this club, I met many nice people

Summarising

  • In conclusion - En conclusión
  • In summary - En resumen
  • In brief - En definitiva
  • In short - En pocas palabras
  • To summarise - Para resumir
  • To conclude - Para finalizar

Giving examples

  • For example/For instance - Por ejemplo
  • Namely - A saber

Opinions

  • I agree that ___ - Estoy de acuerdo en que ___
  • I disagree that ___ - No estoy de acuerdo en que ___
  • I believe that ___ - Creo que ___
  • I think that ___ - Pienso que ___
  • From my point of view - Desde mi punto de vista
  • In my opinion - Opino que/En mi opinión
  • To begin with - Para empezar

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