Free Online English Lessons Linking Words

Grammar, Level B1+

Linking words are very important both for written and spoken English. Try these exercises to practise them.

Exercise 1

Choose the best words for the gaps in the sentences below.

1. Promise me that you will phone me you get to the airport.  
2. "I'll take some money with me just I see something I want to buy."  
3. Jen promised to look after Harriet's cat she was on holiday.  
4. I set the alarm for 6.30 in the morning I wouldn't miss the train.  
5. We waited at the platform the train had disappeared into the distance.  
6. You mustn't forget to lock the door leaving the house in the morning.  
7. He was so tired he had stayed up late to watch the football match.  
8. you stop eating so much chocolate you won't be able to fit into your bikini!  
9. He didn't come home until past midnight he had promised that he would be in by 9pm.  
10. He decided to buy a new car having lost his job the previous month.  
Exercise 2

These next ones are more difficult. You have to choose the right linking word, making sure that the sentence makes sense!

1. I have to get this assignment in the end of the day.  
2. having a swim we lay in the sun, watching the boats in the distance.  
3. I saw him go into the office and ten minutes he came out looking very pale.  
4. She stayed at school she was 18 and then went to university.  
5. We decided to have a barbeque the weather forecast saying there was rain coming.  
6. He could beat his father at chess he was only 8.  
7. I like holidays by the sea my husband prefers to go to the mountains.  
8. I quite like octopus, I really love oysters.  
9. He's getting quite tall, the time he is 14 he will be taller than his father!  
10. how hard he tried, he just couldn't understand what she was saying.  

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