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12 Steps to the perfect sentence starters

July 17, 2023 Keir Williams Comments Off

Sometimes when writing essays, assignments or answers in an exam, we know what we want to say, but just don’t know the words to get started. Other times we might want some connective terms, or to use different language when comparing or contracting different ideas.

People with dyslexia find this a common difficulty due to word retrieval issues or becoming overwhelmed with information processing.  Below are some different suggest phrases that you can use to assist you in these situations.

  1. Introductions
  2. This essay explores / discusses / analyses / focuses upon
  3. X is examined / explored
  4. The issued focused upon is
  5. The central focus will be
  6. This essay is an exploration of
  7. The definition of X is explored / outlined
  8. The key aspect discussed
  9. The central theme / premise
  10. The purpose of this paper is to investigate
  11. One of the main these is / are presented / depicted / defined / identified
  12. This essay will examine both sides of the argument on the topic of
  • Giving examples
  • For example
  • An illustration of
  • This is illustrated / depicted  / conveyed / shown by
  • Specifically
  • Such as
  • For instance
  • As can be seen in
  • As demonstrated by
  • As an example
  • This can be observed / noted / seen
  • This is exemplified by
  • For instance
  • An example of this is
  • In particular
  • Especially
  • This can be shown in/by
  • A case point is
  • To illustrate this point
  • Evidence for this is provided by
  • Writing a list
  • First/ Firstly / To begin with
  • Second / Secondly / In second place
  • Third / Thirdly
  • Another / Yet another
  • In addition / Additionally / Next
  • Finally / Lastly
  • To Analyse

With certainty

  • This means
  • This shows
  • This illustrates
  • This depicts
  • This conveys

A possible interpretation

  • It can be inferred that
  • This implies
  • This has connotations of
  • This suggests
  • This possibly
  • Perhaps could / could be interpreted as / could be viewed as

     5. To add ideas

  • Also
  • Furthermore
  • More importantly
  • Equally important is
  • Moreover
  • Another essential point
  • In addition
  • Similarly
  • Subsequently
  • Additionally
  • Another
  • To elaborate

6. Adding more to a point

  • Moreover
  • Furthermore
  • Again
  • What is more
  • Above all
  • Besides
  • In addition
  • Neither… nor…
  • Not only… but also…
  • Similarly
  • In the same way
  • Another key thing to remember

7. To introduce quotes

  • According to X
  • As X stated
  • As X discusses
  • As X wrote
  • As X argued
  • In X’s view
  • Shown by X
  • It is said by X, that
  • With reference to X
  • The study by X shows
  • Referring to…, X argues that
  • Research by X indicates that

8. To start a different view

  • Another way of looking at this
  • In contrast
  • On the other hand
  • On the contrary
  • Alternatively
  • Conversely
  • In comparison
  • Rather than
  • Although
  • However
  • Having said that
  • Then again

9. To emphasise a point

  • To reiterate
  • To emphasise
  • Needless to say
  • Specifically
  • Significantly
  • Especially
  • Notably
  • Importantly
  • Nonetheless
  • Nevertheless
  • Thus

10. To compare and contrast

  • Similarly
  • In comparison
  • However
  • Alternatively
  • On the contrary
  • In the same way
  • This is in contrast to
  • On the other hand
  • Likewise
  • This resembles
  • Equally
  • In contrast
  • Conversely
  • Despite this

11. To start consequences

  • Therefore,
  • Accordingly,
  • Consequently,
  • As a consequence,
  • For this reason
  • This is why
  • This is caused by
  • Due to
  • This effects
  • This results in
  • This leads to
  • On this basis

     12. Conclusions

  • In summary
  • To conclude
  • Thus
  • To summarise
  • In short
  • In conclusion
  • To sum up
  • Ultimately
  • All things considered
  • The arguments presented suggest that
  • All of this points to the conclusion that
  • I have reached the conclusion that

Information on essay writing difficulties can be found here: https://www.dyslexiauk.co.uk/essay-writing-and-dyslexia-tips-for-overcoming-common-challenges/

Whilst for free touch typing programmes read this: https://www.dyslexiauk.co.uk/learning-to-touch-type/

This post covers common spelling difficulties: https://www.dyslexiauk.co.uk/spelling-difficulties/

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