The words and phrases below are mostly used in persuasive (argumentative) essays where you need to convince the readers of your opinion in a confident manner.
But in fact, they’re useful in almost any type of writing (such as expository essays) simply to keep the structure intact.
In order to think through the challenges of presenting your ideas articulately, logically, and in ways that seem natural to your readers, check out some of these resources: Developing a Thesis Statement, Paragraphing, and Developing Strategic Transitions: Writing that Establishes Relationships and Connections Between Ideas.
While clear writing is mostly achieved through the deliberate sequencing of your ideas across your entire paper, you can guide readers through the connections you’re making by using transitional words in individual sentences.
You could make a great point, but if it’s not intelligently articulated, you almost needn’t have bothered.
Developing the language skills to build an argument and to write persuasively is crucial if you’re to write outstanding essays every time.
Example: “In order to understand X, we need first to understand Y.” Usage: Use “in other words” when you want to express something in a different way (more simply), to make it easier to understand, or to emphasise or expand on a point. In other words, they live on the land and in the water.” Usage: This phrase is another way of saying “in other words”, and can be used in particularly complex points, when you feel that an alternative way of wording a problem may help the reader achieve a better understanding of its significance. To put it another way, they will die without the sun.” Usage: “That is” and “that is to say” can be used to add further detail to your explanation, or to be more precise. That is to say, they must breathe air.” Usage: Use “to that end” or “to this end” in a similar way to “in order to” or “so”.
Example: “Zoologists have long sought to understand how animals communicate with each other.
Use transitions with enough context in a sentence or paragraph to make the relationships clear.
The characters in Book A face a moral dilemma, a contested inheritance.