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English Teachers Should Stop Teaching “Furthermore,” “Nevertheless,” and “Moreover”

“How to Avoid Overusing Linking Words as a Non-Native English Writer”

I don’t know how you feel about linkers and linking expressions like “therefore,” “in addition,” “furthermore,” “nevertheless” etc., but I think English teachers should stop teaching these unless they’re helping students write research papers.

For more informal creative writing genres like personal stories, articles, and blog posts, words like “and,” “so,” “but,” and “because” do the job just fine.

Last year I wrote “How to Avoid Overusing Linking Words as a Non-Native English Writer: A simple way to write well-connected texts that people will enjoy reading.”

It’s one of my most-read articles on Medium.

You can read it here.

Fabio Cerpelloni is an English language teacher, writer, author, and podcaster from Italy. You can find out more about him and his work by clicking on his glass of beer in the photo.