Cause and Effect Connectors – Concept, what they are and examples

We explain what cause and effect connectors are, how they are used and examples in sentences. Also, other types of connectors.

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The cause and effect connectors indicate a causal relationship.

What are cause and effect connectors?

Cause and effect connectors are a certain type of discursive connectors or textual markers, that is, to certain types of linguistic units that serve to link the parts of a text and thus give it a logical thread and organization. Connectors are very important when writing fluently and operate in a similar way to links, only instead of linking parts of a sentence, they link portions of the same text.

Now, this specific type of connectors are called cause and effect connectors because their appearance in the text establishes a relationship of causality, that is, of origin and consequence, between the linked elements. In other words, establish that something is the cause of something else, or that something is a consequence of something else. This type of relationship is known in logic as cause-effect or cause-consequence.

Cause and effect connectors can be very varied, but some of the most commonly used are: because, because, so that, which means that, therefore, in the wake of, so that, Consequently, in conclusion, so that, hence, thus, given that, among others.

Examples of cause and effect connectors

Here are some example sentences for the use of cause and effect connectors:

  • In the wake of that carbon emissions into the atmosphere have decreased, climate change has been slowed down.
  • My unit’s budget has run out. Because we cannot hire new staff.
  • The Internet has made banking transactions easier. ConsequentlyThey have increased over the years.
  • They bought a new security system at my house. So that We will not be able to enter without anyone knowing.
  • Given that This year we have ideal climatic conditions, the cultivation of oranges has broken all previous records.

Other types of connectors

In addition to cause and effect, we can talk about other forms of connectors, such as:

  • Additive (or summation) connectors. They are those that incorporate new ideas into the text, adding them to what has been said as if it were an enumeration. For example: also, in addition, in addition, also, etc.
  • Adversative (or contrast) connectors. Those who establish an opposition or confrontation between the interlocking elements, in such a way that what is said by one is opposed to what is said by the other. For example: nevertheless, nevertheless, but, on the other hand, at the same time, etc.
  • Emphatic connectors. Those that draw the reader’s attention to the importance of any of the linked elements. That is, they emphasize what they incorporate into the text. For example: do not forget that, more importantly, obviously, in fact, of course, etc.
  • Explanatory connectors. Those who take up what has already been said in a different way, in order to explain it better or make it more understandable. This may mean incorporating examples, paraphrasing, or reiterations. For example: in other words, this means, for example, put another way, what is the same, etc.
  • Comparative connectors. Those that establish a comparison between the linked elements, that is, a comparison in which their similarities or differences stand out. For example: as well as, in the same way, contrary, similarly, contrary, etc.
  • Conditional connectors. Those that establish a relationship of probability or possibility between the linked elements, that is, that one of them must be fulfilled so that the other also does it (or does not do it). For example: unless, given that, if, if so, that implies that, etc.
  • Temporary connectors. Those who incorporate into the text a sequential or chronological relationship of some kind, that is, of priority, posteriority or simultaneity of one thing with respect to another. For example: after, at the same time, before, once, by then, then, etc.
  • Conclusive connectors. Those who propose a conclusion or a synthesis with respect to what has been said previously, depending on the closure of the text or at least a part of it. For example: finally, in conclusion, finally, in synthesis, etc.