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Signal Words

"Signal words" give hints about what is about to happen in what you're reading. Understanding them is a key to comprehension. Reading and making up examples which use them is a good way to understand them at whatever level of abstraction astudent is prepared to comprehend.

Following the links to exercises with signal words, there is a list of common signal words.

Sample Exercises:

Sample Exercise 1: But/Because
Sample Exercise 2: Despite

(Harry Potter names & ideas used, but can be done without reading the book)

Sample Exercise 1
Sample Exercise 2
Sample Exercise 3

Cause-Effect Comparson/Contrast Time/Sequence
therefore but on (Tuesday...)
because however not long after
thus on the other hand now
if ... then yet before
iit follows either...or... after
hence while afterwards
for this reason unless later
Since even if formerly
furthermore in comparison meanwhile
although previously
still,... to begin with
  despite first
  on the contrary secondly
  likewise next
  notwithstanding then
  nevertheless finally
  regardless in addition
    at last
    in quick succesion
    ever since




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