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Using Connector Words

You should also strive to make your essay response cohesive. Your response may require several paragraphs. Naturally, each paragraph will contain a topic sentence or main theme with adequate detail and support. To assure that all of these paragraphs are well organized and coherent, you should use certain "connectors."

Connectors are words or phrases that serve as bridges between paragraphs or between ideas within a paragraph. The use of these words serves to provide clarity and cohesiveness.

Examples include the following:

Finally
Initially
Secondly
Thus
Subsequently
Also
Therefore
Nevertheless
Thirdly
As a result
To begin with
Related to
In conclusion
On the other hand
First of all
In addition
In summary
Consequently

A word of caution -- don't clutter your paragraphs with excessive use of these connecting words. Use them where appropriate to clarify and connect related ideas.