Showing Addition in Written English

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You can show addition in written English in a number of equivalent forms. This includes the use of, subordinating conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, introductory words such as in addition, moreover, etc. which are known as conjunctive adverbs.

Once you have mastered the basics of  showing addition, continue on to to learn other forms of connecting sentences in written English. correct usage in written English, you will want to express yourself in increasingly complex ways. Sentence connectors are used to express relationships between ideas and to combine sentences. The use of these connectors will add sophistication to your writing style.

Type of Connector



Coordinating Conjunction and

High level positions are stressful at times, and they can be harmful to your health. In any case, there is a price to pay for success.

Peter decided to quite his job, and his friend agreed that it was an excellent decision.

Conjunctive adverbs in addition, additionally, furthermore, moreover, also

High level positions are stressful at times. Furthermore, they can be harmful to your health. Make sure you understand the risks before you accept the job.

We've completely redone our living room with hardwood floors. In addition, we've put in new windows to bring in more light.

He's an excellent tennis player. Also, he plays golf like a professional.

We need to hire some programmers. Additionally, we'll need to find someone to help out at the reception desk.

Correlative conjunctions not only...but also

Not only are high level positions stressful at times, but they also can be harmful to your health.

Peter decided to not only go back to university, but he also sold his car and house.

Prepositional phrases in addition to, along with, as well as

Along with being stressful, high level positions can also be harmful to your health.

In addition to the need for investment, our company needs to do more research into the latest science.

You'll find English grammar as well as pronunciation and listening skills can be challenging at times.

Continue Learning About Sentence Connectors

You can improve your writing skills by learning to use sentence connectors for a wide variety of purposes. Here are some of the most common uses of sentence connectors in English.

Showing opposition to an idea, or indicate surprise when something doesn't go as planned:

Peter flew to Miami for the sales and marketing convention, but was surprised to learn that it had been cancelled the day before.
Although they decided to fly to London for vacation, they had originally wanted to tour China and Thailand.  

Showing causes and effects can also be expressed with connecting language such as because or as a result.

The CEO called an emergency meeting because the company's stock price was dropping quickly.
Susan spent fifteen years training to join the Olympic team. As a result, it was no surprise when she was chosen for the team in 2008. 

Sometimes it's important to contrast information to make sure you show both sides of the argument.

On the one hand, we need to hire new employees to keep up with demand for our products. On the other hand, human resources report that there are not enough qualified candidates.
Unlike his father, the young man felt it wasn't necessary to compete with his peers for attention. 

Use subordinating conjunctions such as 'if' or 'unless' to express conditions that are required for success.

Unless she arrives soon, we will have to postpone the meeting until next month.
The manager decided to ask everyone to work overtime. Otherwise, the company would have to hire ten new employees.

Comparing ideas, objects and people is another use for these connectors:

Just as I think it's a good idea to study at university, I respect those who choose to create their own companies. 
You'll find there is plenty of food and drink in the kitchen. Similarly, towels, sheets and other linen can be found in the apartment.

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