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To improve your writing you need to make sure that your ideas, both in sentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence and that the gap between ideas is bridged smoothly. One way to do this is by using transitions - words or phrases or techniques that help bring two ideas together. Transitional words and phrases represent one way of gaining coherence. Certain words help continue an idea, indicate a shift of though or contrast, or sum up a conclusion. Check the following list of words to find those that will pull your sentences and paragraphs together.
For continuing a common line of reasoning:
consequently clearly, then furthermore additionally and in addition moreover because besides that in the same way following this further also pursuing this further in the light of the... it is easy to see that
To change the line of reasoning (contrast):
however on the other hand but yet nevertheless on the contrary
For opening a paragraph initially or for general use:
admittedly assuredly certainly granted no doubt nobody denies obviously of course to be sure true undoubtedly unquestionably generally speaking in general at this level in this situation
For the final points of a paragraph or essay:
Transitional chains, to use in separating sections of a paragraph which is arranged chronologically:
first... second... third... generally... furthermore... finally in the first place... also... lastly in the first place... pursuing this further... finally to be sure... additionally... lastly in the first place... just in the same way... finally basically... similarly... as well
To signal conclusion:
therefore this hence in final analysis in conclusion in final consideration indeed
To restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a more exacting way:
in other words point in fact specifically
Sequence or time
after afterwards as soon as at first at last before before long finally first... second... third in the first place in the meantime later meanwhile next soon then
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