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We have already talked about linkers (click here to read more). This is the fifth part which talks about joining words/ linkers for the job of explanation. If you want to improve your English speaking, try to use these linkers more.

I want to be a doctor because I want to help people


Since I want to help people, I want to be a doctor.

Of course both of them are fine, number 2 is more specific and also more formal. It sounds better.

But why?

It has the same information (want and explanation)

It has the same vocabulary (verbs: be a doctor, help people)

It has the same grammar (2 present simple sentences)

So what makes this so special?

Again, like the previous posts: the linkers

What is a linker?

I hope you know what a linker is after 5 posts on the topic, but if you don’t know: a linker is a word or a group of words that we use to join two sentences together.

Explanation linkers

The basic idea is that we need to understand which action the reason. One action is the idea, the other action is the answer to the question “why?”.

You must remember that the reason can be a future desire or a past action that pushes you.i.e. I am studying English in England because I want to go to an English university (future reason)i.e. I am studying English in England because my father paid for it (past reason)

The general linker here is “because” and everyone uses it. It is extremely general and common. The specific linkers are much more advanced and some are easy to use.i.e. I don’t eat fish because I don’t like the smell
[action,present simple] because [reason, present simple]
i.e. As I don’t like the smell, I don’t eat fish

As [reason, present simple], [action, present simple]
Much better and specific.

Linkers are a quick way to sound more advanced and increase your speaking skill without studying for hours.


A common problem for many students is that they repeat the same general linkers again and again because they think that more specific linkers are too advanced or difficult for them to use.

There are five general types of linkers

Let’s look at some specific examples of “condition” linkers“owing to the fact that”

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I love eating hamburgers because they taste good

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I am working in this company because I studied accountancy

Since I studied accountancy, I am working in this company“in order to”

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I will call her because I want to explain the homework

I will call her in order to explain the homework

Using linkers like these is a great way to improve quickly.

Now it’s your turn:

Look at the article How to study and try the next few exercises

Can you find a reason why you do things in you life?

I’m studying English in order to get a better job

Since I like talking and going out, I have many friends

I don’t go to the cinema owing to the fact that it is too crowded

Don’t forget to look at our other posts for language that makes you sound better but doesn’t change your meaning.

Functional language

Good pronunciation

And, of course, linkers

I hope it helps

Happy studies