Topic outline

  • Cohesive devices are linking words and phrases which help connect ideas and organise your writing so that it flows logically.  Linking words and phrases help guide the reader through your assignment; telling them when to stop, slow down, move forward, turn to a new thought, etc.  Here are some examples:

    Words and phrases to list a number of items or processes
    • Firstly
    • Secondly
    • Finally

    Words and phrases to extend a train of thought

    • Furthermore
    • In addition
    • Moreover

    Words and phrases to compare or contrast ideas

    • In comparison
    • Similarly
    • In contrast
    • On the other hand

    Words and phrases to transition to an alternative point of view

    • However
    • Nonetheless
    • Meanwhile

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