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Useful expressions in Spanish

It is considered good style in Spanish not to repeat words and expressions when an alternative can be used. The following list of linking expressions contains some synonyms for this purpose as well as expressions which are useful generally in one's writing.

  • es decir = that is to say
  • a saber = that is to say
  • en otras palabras = in other words
  • dicho de otra manera = in other words
  • primero = first, firstly, in the first place
  • primeramente = first, firstly, in the first place
  • en primer lugar = first, firstly, in the first place
  • en segundo lugar = second, secondly, in the second place
  • por último = finally
  • finalmente = finally
  • en comparación con = by comparison with
  • comparado –da con = compared with
  • hoy en día = nowadays
  • actualmente = at present, currently
  • en la actualidad = at present, currently
  • respecto a = regarding, with regard to
  • en cuanto a = regarding, with regard to
  • por otra parte = on the other hand
  • porque = because
  • a causa de = because of
  • en resumidas cuentas = briefly
  • en efecto = in fact
  • efectivamente = in fact
  • por lo menos = at least
  • la gran mayoría de = the great majority of
  • no obstante = nevertheless
  • sin embargo = nevertheless
  • a pesar de = in spite of
  • ahora bien = however, now
  • recalcar = to emphasize
  • enfatizar = to emphasize
  • hacer hincapié en = to emphasize
  • subrayar = to underline
  • señalar = to point out
  • dar algo por sentado = to assume something, take something for granted
  • asumir = to assume

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