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LIST OF COMMON LINKING EXPRESSIONS
(c): subordinating linker, followed by a clause
(pr): preposition, followed by a noun phrase
(a): freestanding linker, typically set off by a full-stop andcomma

Cause and Effect
since (c)
Since it was raining, we stayed home.
as (c)
As it was raining, we stayed home.
because (c)
Because it was raining, we stayed home.
because of
Because of therain, we stayed home.
due to (pr)
Due to the rain, we stayed home
so (c)
It was raining,so we stayed home.
Therefore, (a)
It was raining.Therefore, we stayed home.
Consequently, (a)
It wasraining.Consequently, we stayed home.
As a consequence, (a)
It was raining. As a consequence, we stayed home.
As a result, (a)
It was raining. As a result, we stayed home.
As a result of (pr)
As aresult of the rain, we stayed home.
now that (c)
Now that she's retired, she's much happier.

Contrast / Opposition / Unexpected Result
But (c)
It was raining,but we went to the beach.However, (a)
It was raining.However, we went to the beach.
Nonetheless, (a)
It was raining.Nonetheless, we went to the beach.
Nevertheless, (a)
It was raining.Nevertheless, we went to the beach.
Evenso, (a)
It was raining. Even so, we went to the beach.
in spite of (pr)
In spite of the rain, we went to the beach.
in spite of the fact that (c)
In spite of the fact that it was raining, wewent to the beach.
despite (pr)
Despite the rain, we went to the beach.
though (c)
Though it was raining, we went to the beach.
although (c)
Although it was raining, we went to the beach.
eventhough (c)
Even though it was raining, we went to the beach.
while (c)
While Arabic is a Semitic language, Persian is Indo-European.
whereas (c)
Whereas Arabic is a Semitic language, Persian isIndo-European.
On the other hand, (a)
Arabic is a Semitic language. On the other hand, Persian is
Indo-European.

Condition
if (c)
You may go if you have finished.
unless (c)
You may not go...
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