Monday, June 18, 2012

Nerdvark's Favourite Linking Words

Who wouldn't want to let a few words take their writing from good to awesome?  Linking ideas together in your writing creates cohesion, flow, strength, and clarity.


Let the Nerdvark show you how by revealings some interesting facts about his buddy, Nardvark.


Adding ideas: 
The simplest way to add an idea is your typical and:
Nardvark is weird.  He likes bananas on his pizza and he eats it with a spoon.
More persuasive:
Nerdvark is weird.  As well as using a spoon to eat his pizza, he puts bananas on it.
In addition to putting bananas on it, that weirdo Nerdvark eats pizza with a spoon.
Nerdvark is so weird he puts bananas on his pizza.  Furthermore, he eats it with a spoon.


Comparing:
Drunken monkeys are extremely silly.  Nardvark is equally silly.
If you put vinegar in baking soda, it will fizz.  Similarly, if you put an intelligent thought in Nardvark's brain, it  too will fizz.
Dinosaurs had extremely small brains for the size of their bodies.  Likewise, Nardvark's brain is minuscule compared to his body.
As with lap dogs, if you try to speak to Nardvark using complete sentences, he will become confused.


Showing cause and effect:
You can always go with the old standby, because:
Nardvark ate his pillow because he thought it was a really big, squishy marshmallow.
Because can also go at the beginning of a compound (two-part) sentence:
Because he thought it was a really big, squishy marshmallow, Nardvark ate his pillow.
Stronger:
Nerdvark told Nardvark that his pillow was actually a big, delicious marshmallow.  Therefore, Nardvark ate it.
Nardvark erroneously mistook his pillow for an enormous marshmallow.  Thus, he ate it.
Nardvark woke up this morning to discover what he thought was a scrumptious marshmallow under his head, and consequently he needs a new pillow.


Have fun with these exciting linking words, and come back next time for more!