To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: But, however, in spite of, on the one hand, on the other hand, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, in contrast, on the contrary, still yet. After, afterward, at last, before, currently, during, earlier, immediately, later, meanwhile, now, recently, simultaneously, subsequently, then.
Additionally, again, also, and, as well, besides, equally important, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover, then. Finally, in a word, in brief, briefly, in conclusion, in the end, in the final analysis, on the whole, thus, to conclude, to summarize, in sum, to sum up, in summary. Whether you would receive points off for using a conjunction is entirely dependent on the instructor's grading system. Technically, conjunctions are intended to join two sentences together; therefore, using a conjunction to begin a sentence is not grammatically correct.
However, we use this format all the time in speaking and you will often see it in all kinds of writing as well. Personally, I avoid using a conjunction to start a sentence in my formal writing, although I might use it in an informal email or letter for emphasis and to make my tone sound more friendly and casual.
I discourage my students from using this sentence form in essays because they tend to overuse it, and because most of them need to practice writing in a more professional manner. What is most important is that you understand that using a conjunction to start a sentence gives your writing a more informal, casual tone. If that is appropriate to convey your meaning, then you should use it. On the other hand, if you are trying to create a document which makes you sound authoritative, you should avoid that construction.
The simple answer to your question is that you need to ask your teacher about their standards on this issue. The most important rule about the word "this" is not to use it all by itself. For example, you would say "this couch," "this carpet" or "this lawn" to point out which one of several possible couches, carpets or lawns you are talking about.
If you are not trying to show the reader which one out of several things you are talking about, you need to use something other than "this. You can find many sample topics on these types of essays on my web pages.
You can also find step by step instructions on how to write these essays. Your best choice for substitutes for "most of" would be "many," "a considerable number," or "almost all.
I believe that what you are talking about is continuing on something in a sentence. Here are some words you can use:. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.
Hi Nicole--I have lots of instructions on how to write articles. Google that and you'll find it. My son has to write a word essay on violence and the Impact. And yes I've never in my life wrote an essay.
So not sure on how to even start nor word it? Can someone please clue me in thanks. I think your sentence would work but it is a bit hard to tell out of context of the paragraph. However, I think it would be better if you said:. Hi Fuat, I now understand your question more clearly. With the added information you give here, I would have to say that "especially" is not a good substitute for "in particular. Especially, I like swimming. And yet in your samples "especially" refers to "in the summer" and "when it is a warm day" respectively, whereas in my example it referred to "swimming".
So, again, can it be used in place of "in particular" - as in "I have a number of hobbies. To make this a good sentence you need something between "especially" and the subject "I. Thanks a lot, Virginia. So, would a sentence like "Especially I like swimming" be correct? Hello Fuat, these are words that are intended to help you start your sentences with something other than just the subject.
Some of these words work alone and others need to be put into a phrase. Especially when my daughter is taking a nap, I enjoy a quiet cup of tea and a good novel. Thanks for this undoubtedly useful article. I'd like to clarify something: Does it mean that the above mentioned words can be used at the beginning of a sentence? Can I start a sentence with "especially"? Thank you in advance. Thanks i cant wait to print this out and carry it with me for my English class.
And take it out when i can. Hi jlc--I'm glad to hear that you work hard at your revision. I'm not sure about the "Same for" as a start. Could you give me the full sentence? I can't think of a sentence that is correct which uses that beginning; however, sometimes in conversation and dialogue, it is appropriate to write what people are speaking, even if it is not correct grammar. This is really useful. Things I should have learned in school but have not really done so.
Thanks for a great hub. Hello Madam, this is the best article about English I found on the net. Thank you very much for sharing it.
Hi, thanks for this article. I was writing an undergrad engineering report and this helped me a lot. Thanks for your time and effort and God bless you.
We can only use notes from Professors lectures; you are immensely helping me. I used to assign a reflection journal in my class. What I had my students do was to either just reflect on something that happened that week, or to talk about something they had read or seen in the media, or to reflect on a question. You probably need to check out my articles on reflection and personal experience essays.
You can find my other articles by searching this website, by looking at my profile page or looking at the links to the side of this article. Hi Tammy--I'm so very glad this helped you. Thanks for letting me know!
You made my day. I just started college at age The instructor said write a summary and impact response paper on pages 9 to I immediately panicked, after reading your article I'm feeling much more confident in doing my first college assignment.
Thank you so much!!!! Hi Cambry--Thanks so much for letting me know this helped you. I've had almost a million views from this one idea now. It is very gratifying to know I have helped people learn to write better. Thank you so much! Hi Harni--I have lots of help for writing essays of all sorts. Just follow the links to the side of this article, or look at the links to different kinds of essays on my profile page.
Hi Ryan, You can use any of the words here in front of the "I" or you can use a phrase from the end of the sentence. Hi, I was just wondering easy ways to replace I at the beginning of a sentence.
Sometimes, I struggle with this, and the replacements I find sound unnatural. This is a great article though. Hi Sepphora, you want to start by underlining all the first words in your sentences. When you find you are using the same word to start a sentence especially in the same paragraph you should use one of these ideas instead.
Hi Mimi--To avoid the passive sentence, you want to put the actor first. In your example, one way to fix this is to ask "who considered Mimi? The orchestra director considered Mimi for the position of first chair but thought she would be too nervous.
This article helped me for my entire 2 years masters. Thanks a lot for writing such informative post. Hi, Thomas--I'm glad you asked.
I have over articles to help people improve their writing, including ideas for proofreading your own essay and questions you can use to have other people evaluate your essay to help you improve your writing. I also have an article on effective sentences and grammar help for using punctuation marks.
You can find these articles by looking at my profile page or following the links on the side with my name. In working with non-native writers, I find the most important editing technique is to have several people look at your essay carefully and to read the essay out loud as you proofread.
My final best tip is to focus on one or two rules a time as you go through the paper. Then you can make sure that you have corrected for that error carefully. Hopefully, your instructor can help guide you to know which rules are most important for you to focus on first.
I'm afraid I don't know of any websites where you can submit your work to get help. Do you have any suggestions for non-native english speakers that are working on an english essay? Especially regarding proof reading? I have over articles on writing that are published here on Letterpile. You can find help with grammar and also on how to structure sentences and essays.
Look at my profile or follow the links to the side that have my name. That was great and useful. Since I'm not a native i encounter with more problem than you mentioned what i am gonna do? Nice article Virginia, I have gained from it a lot especially the transition words.
Hi, Himabindu- "So," is generally used as a coordinating conjunction others are "and," "but," "or," and "yet" and therefore would generally not be used correctly to start a sentence, but rather as a way to join two sentences. However, in your example, you are using "so" as an interjection in a conversational style sentence.
You could vary this by saying:. In the second example, you are using "as" in an introductory phrase, which is another way to vary your sentences besides just using a sentence starter transition word. When you are trying to decide how to write a sentence differently, you need to decide what that sentence is doing. Is it adding to what you've already said? Then use words like "Additionally" or "Furthermore.
Use "However," "In contrast" or "On the other hand. If I have to use transition words that means, 'so' or 'as' or 'that's why' what I have to use? For example, I say " So, I don't want to use this in my book" or " As this book is not useful to me, I don't want to see this on my shelf. Thank you so much, this will help me in my IELTS preparation especially in writing and speaking as well. This information has helped me a great deal. I have never been one to write much using transition words has always been a weakest.
Hi "Hannah Baker," I'm so glad to hear that you are writing a book. My teenage daughter is also a writer and I think it is really wonderful that anyone can now write something and post it online for others to read. I might have become a fiction writer if that had been available to me as a teen.
Thank you for spending the time to know that I've helped you. I teach college students but I have found many younger people are also looking at my articles and I'm thinking about creating some information just for them. I'd love to hear what younger people want to know about how to write better. My name is not really Hannah Baker though, just a cover up. I'm a teen I and love writting. I'm recently stuck on a book that I'm writting, called "The Chosen One," and I was getting for frustrated because I kept using the same words or phrases.
I ended up finding this website and it really helped me, so thank you very much. I'm often trying to force myself to use some new transition words in my writing as well.
Along with the words I put in this article, you can also use different kinds of phrases at the start of a sentence. I especially like gerund phrases like "Walking down the street," "Thinking about my children," or "Writing in a new way. This is very helpful Virginia.
I never start sentences in a paragraph with the same word, and do use transition words, but I probably only use the same favourites over and over about 10 as you mentioned in your comment to Bianca. Solved my biggest problem as I always tend to use same transitions again and again in a paragraph. Thanks, I appreciate your effort. Bianca--I generally find the adding and contrasting words are the most useful for me.
In fact, I think that when you start to use this technique that most people pick favorite words and use them most of the time. Thank you for this. I'm writing an essay on how advertising affects youth but I keep needing to pause every few words to try and find just the right one. I think the most helpful ones for me were the words to add ideas. Michaela--Whether this will work as a subject for your paper depends on your assignment.
You could do "legends about elves" and find evidence on that. Hi, Liv-I have two articles that could help you. One is about writing a thesis sentence and the other is about writing topic sentences in paragraphs. Often, these sentence starters can be used to write better topic sentences because they can help you link your ideas and show how one topic sentence either adds or contrasts to the ideas before.
I don't understand how to start the topic sentence of the paragraph, so I suggest that this page should include starting words for topic sentences in paragraphs. See 85 more comments. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Improve Your Writing Today! Using transition words helps you resist habitually using simple subject-verb sentence structure. Transitions link your ideas more effectively and create more nuanced meaning. Finally, transitions make your writing sound more professional and less like spoken language. Here is my step-by-step guide: Use the transition list as you write: Think about how the sentences in your paragraph are related to one another.
If you are comparing and contrasting two ideas, then use the "Showing Contrast" transition words see list below.
Are you writing about steps in a process? Then use the "Adding to an Idea" transition words below. Using the transition list while you are revising: Sometimes, it is easier not to worry about these words until your final draft stage, especially if you are a beginning writer.
How do you do this? Use the following tips: Go through your first draft and circle the first word in every sentence. If you use the same word to start a sentence twice in a paragraph, then you need to choose another transition word and re-word the sentence. How to choose transition words? Think about how each sentence fits with the one before it. Choosing the Right Word How can you choose the right word for each sentence?
What does the sentence before this one say? How does this sentence relate to that one? Scan the list for a transition that seems to fit best. You can also use these questions for help: Tips to Remember 1. Use a variety of transition words, not the same one. Put a comma after the transition word. Put the subject of the sentence after the comma. Use any of these alternatives to add clarity and variety to your writing.
Use a wide variety of words to show how ideas are chronologically related. Use Interesting Words When Summarizing. Use a wide variety of words to sum up the point you are making.
Short paragraph without transition words: Improving Your Writing Over Time Just following my tips to add transition words to your essay can often make your essay much better and will probably improve your grade.
How many times to you revise an essay? I only do revisions if my instructor requires it. I proof-read but don't revise. If you are writing in the Here are some ideas: How do i write my introduction when comparing 2 texts?
Do you have any sizzling start ideas for environmental suitability? Here are some links: What sentence starters should I use when writing a persuasive essay? Here are some examples, Indeed, you can see that In fact, the result of not following this policy is Conversely, we know that No doubt, the answer is Less persuasive unless you are appealing to an academic audience would be: Hence we believe that Accordingly, the answer is For this reason, we have chosen to say You can use the person's What other words can I use instead of "that" in essays?
Here are some sample first sentences on that topic: How do I start the next sentence after saying, "I am honored to be in this position"? Here are some samples: Can I use these sentence starters to begin an essay?
These transition words can help you to show that you are: Explaining the order of things first What are other words that I can use instead of "Another moment"? Here are some alternatives: Here are some examples: Moreover, I feel that Additionally, I don't care for However, I've never liked Conclusively, I represent a person who Transition words make an What is the best way to express emotion in an essay or book report?
You can use any of the following: What is police brutality? What causes police brutality? What can we do about police brutality? What sentence starter can I use instead of "the"? For example, if your subject is "the school" you could also say: The actual name of the school. A description of the place. Some part of the school our class, a hallway. What other words can I use instead of yourself, you, my, and myself?
Here is my article on writing effectively which explains how to do that: How can I motivate a reader in the first sentence of an open letter?
Here are some sample openings to sentences: Have you ever wondered what would happen if? You may not believe it, but the truth is that Suddenly, with no warning from anyone Nothing can prepare you for What transition word can I use for my third paragraph? If the third paragraph is at the end of a paper, you can use: In conclusion Finally Most importantly If the third paragraph is in the middle of the paper, you can use: In addition Furthermore Moreover A third point is Next Additionally If the third paragraph is in the middle and is where you are presenting a contrasting idea or refuting objections, you can use: However On the other hand Conversely While some people believe For example, if the essay is about reasons that Indian food is so tasty, these possible first sentences of the body could be done: First of all, Indian food is wonderful because it uses so many spices Furthermore, the wonderful taste of Indian food comes from the preparation Consider the following example which uses two coordinating conjunctions "and" and "but" to start sentences: Now look at a re-write which uses sentence starters: What is an interesting way to replace "firstly" for the first paragraph of an essay?
There are many ways to do this: What are some substitutes for starting a sentence with the word '"this"? There are a few other phrases that could be used instead of this: The object in question. The thing I was talking about. That object You can also use a synonym for the item in question. Moreover, this book is the one I've wanted to read for a month now. For a month now, I've been wanting to read that book you just found.
Waiting for over a month, I finally found this book I've been looking for. Can I start a sentence with "an important person to me" or "a important person to me? Here is how to do that: Here is an example: Here are some good transition words and phrases for that: As a result of The reason for this is How can I avoid starting all my sentences with the same word?
Use one of the sentence starters on some sentences. Combine short sentences together. There are many different types of essays that I have written articles about, including: What is another grouping of words that I can use instead of "Most of What is another way of saying "Following on" in a sentence? Here are some words you can use: However, I think it would be better if you said: Until, finally, Lindbergh made it to Paris How about an electrifying or provocative gastronomical event?
Especially in the summer, I like swimming. Especially when it is a very warm day, I like swimming. Especially in the summer, I love to take a walk in the woods.
transitions are phrases or words used to connect one idea to the next transitions are used by the author to help the reader progress from one significant idea to the next transitions also show the relationship within a paragraph (or within a sentence) between the main idea and the support the author.
Like all the other transition words and phrases that are used to combine and connect ideas in writing, conclusion transition words show logical relationships between ideas and sentences. More specifically, these transitional words convey a conclusion, a summary, or a restatement of ideas.
Usage of Transition Words in Essays. Transition words and phrases are vital devices for essays, papers or other literary compositions. They improve the connections and transitions between sentences and paragraphs. They thus give the text a logical organization and structure (see also: a List of Synonyms). The end of an essay should therefore convey a sense of completeness and closure as well as a sense of the lingering possibilities of the topic, its larger meaning, its implications: the final paragraph should close the discussion without closing it off.
Words are very powerful and if you use the wrong ones when you are concluding your essay then you will lose your reader. Ways to lose your reader is to use phrases like, in conclusion, in summary, to summarize, or any phrase that states the obvious to . It’s by no means an exhaustive list, and there will often be other ways of using the words and phrases we describe that we won’t have room to include, but there should be more than enough below to help you make an instant improvement to your essay-writing skills – whether you’re a native English speaker or taking your first steps into writing essays in .