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What are some impressive connectives to make my essays sound more mature?

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Suzanne Lind


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Dear Suzanne


Take a look at this page which includes a table with connectives for different purposes:

I write to ask, humbly, for your consideration of this proposal:


https://www.twinkl.co.uk/teaching-wiki/connectives


You could also choose your basic connective, and then use a thesaurus for more sophisticated words.


Hope this helps a little.


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Hi Suzanne,


To make your essays sound more mature you want to be really focusing on structure. So, in your introduction, you want to outline exactly what you are talking about using sentence structures such as 'in the pages that follow, I will...'. Then, using connectives such as 'in addition', 'furthermore', 'contrastingly', 'comparatively', will really help showcase your work.


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Hello! Some of my favourite connectives include.... above all, in particular, notably, however, nevertheless! Hope that helps!

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Some really impressive connectives include:


  • On the one hand
  • On the other hand
  • Consequently
  • Furthermore
  • Moreover
  • In addition to...
  • However
  • Fortunately/ Unfortunately


I use the above-mentioned connectives myself. I hope you can benefit from using them. Good luck!

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Jane Clark

Noteably, evidently and presumably.

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Hello,


Connectives are a great way to enhance your writing. Some impressive connectives include:


  • Moreover
  • In addition to...
  • However
  • Fortunately/ Unfortunately
  • On the one hand
  • On the other hand
  • Consequently
  • Furthermore



I hope you can benefit from using these connectives. Good luck!

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Hi Suzanne! You could try: Furthermore ( to add in support to what you have already stated. Also ' In addition') besides ( suggesting contrast) as a result of (causes and their effects) Remember, connectives generally are used only once in a sentence. Good luck!

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Hi Suzanne,


My absolute top tip for using great connectives is to think about the logic of them. What direction is your thought going in? Use the best connective to show that.


Are you adding a similar idea, in the same train of thought? If so, then the connective is like a + sign in maths. E.g. Furthermore, In addition...


Are you changing direction or giving the opposite point of view? Then the connective is more like a - sign in maths. e.g. However, On the other hand...


Are you coming back to your previous direction of thought? e.g. Nevertheless...


Are you just proceeding in a nice orderly chronological or prioritised list? In that case, there's nothing wrong with a super clear set of 'Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly...Lastly'


Lastly, (geddit?!) the big one: if you are getting to the stage of drawing a conclusion, which always happens at the end (though you can draw mini-conclusions as you go along too), then you need to pull out the = signs e.g. Therefore, Consequently, As a result...


What matters more than using big words is thinking well. So if need be, draw yourself a little diagram first in your plan for your writing and make sure you know how each point and para link together. Pick the connectives which SIGNPOST that logically, like a roadmap for your reader, and you'll do great.

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Hello Suzanne,


It's great that you want to use impressive connectives to improve your writing!

I always think it's good to have a few favourites from each group:


For contrasting ideas I use: Nevertheless, In contrast and Conversely.


For an addition of ideas: Furthermore and In addition.


Find ones from each group that you feel comfortable with, and use with a range of powerful verbs and adjectives to further impress. This will allow you to go into the exam secure about your style of writing and able to concentrate on correctly answering the question.


Good Luck and please get in touch if you have further questions.



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Many students tend to use the word "shows" i.e "this shows the reader that..." etc. Try to use other synonyms to establish your confidence such as: connotes, alludes, suggests, highlights, emphasises, presents, displays and exhibits.

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However, Although, In conclusion, Yet, As a result, Furthermore, Firstly, Secondly

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Niamh Twomey

However, moreover, despite, furthermore, in addition to, similarly, yet, or a simple semicolon!

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Margot Lubliner

I have no doubt that other replies have answered the question as posed. However, I would suggest that Suzanne not rely too heavily on "impressive" filler words in her writing. I think of phrases like 'in order to' and 'thusly' as a form of throat-clearing at best, intentional obfuscation at worst. In an essay, it's your ideas that should shine, more so than your conjunctive adverbs.

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Daniel Saunders

Hi there Suzanne,


What about these words?


1. In order to

2. In other words

3. To put it another way

4. That is to say

5. To that end


Adding additional information to support a point


6. Moreover

7. Furthermore

8. What's more

9. Likewise

10. Similarly

11. Another key thing to remember

12. As well as

13. Not only… but also

14. Coupled with

15. Firstly, secondly, thirdly…

16. Not to mention/to say nothing of


Words and phrases for demonstrating contrast

17. However

18. On the other hand

19. Having said that

20. By contrast/in comparison

21. Then again

22. That said

23. Yet


Adding a proviso or acknowledging reservations

24. Despite this

25. With this in mind

26. Provided that

27. In view of/in light of

28. Nonetheless

29. Nevertheless

30. Notwithstanding


Giving examples

31. For instance

32. To give an illustration


Signifying importance

33. Significantly

34. Notably

35. Importantly


Summarising

36. In conclusion

37. Above all

38. Persuasive

39. Compelling


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