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It is better not to say "first," but to just say your point and then on the next section, you can say "second" or "additionally" or "moreover. You could use the word, "Initially" or the phrase, "to start with. How can I write a biography about a significant role model, and then change it into a story? My assignment is using the information of a biography that I've already researched and written about.

Put yourself into the story and imagine that you are going back in time to meet the character. Think about the "Magic Treehouse" series of kid's books or H. Well's The Time Machine. Take one important scene or situation that you've researched. Write it like a story with characters, dialogue, and action. Make up parts that you don't know, like what people look like, things that happen on a moment by moment basis, what people think or feel and how they might react to the events.

For example, what did people think, do, and feel when they heard Paul Revere come by shouting "The Redcoats are coming! Write this as a letter, a diary, a conversation or a monologue. Have your character telling the story of some important event to a friend. For help in writing and punctuating dialogue and conversation, see: Generally, when you are using "this" to start a sentence, you are using it as an adjective describing which thing you are talking about this cellphone, this plate, this car etc.

Additionally, "this whatever" would generally be the subject of the sentence, so you can use most of the sentence starters in this article in front of it or use a phrase that starts with one of those words to vary your sentences.

You can also use a synonym for the item in question. For example, "this jacket" could also be "this coat. Here are some examples using the phase "this book. It is completely correct to start a sentence with "an important person to me. If the word starts with a vowel sound, you use "an. Sometimes there are differences in British and American pronunciation.

Americans pronounce the "h" in historic, so they would write "a historic event. Good question because pronouns are already a substitute for the person's name.

So you can use the name or a description of the person, such as their job "the teacher" or what they look like, "the tall, dark-headed man with blue eyes," or what they are wearing, "the girl in the blue dress. That is where you can use my sentence starters in this article and hints about how to write sentences to improve: My article is about the benefits and the drawbacks of learning a foreign language.

How should I finish the third paragraph of my article? I assume that you are talking about the conclusion of your article.

A great way to conclude is to tell the reader your recommendations. You can also refute any objections that you expect your reader might have. Remember that when you are in a conversation with someone, they can ask you questions and point out flaws they see in your arguments, or other points of view.

When you write, your reader has those thoughts in their head, and those alternative points of view can make them disagree with you and feel that your paper doesn't really seem very convincing. A way to get around that problem is to bring up those objections and then answer them.

Ideally, you should answer the objections and then conclude by telling the reader how you want them to think, believe, or respond to what you are saying.

Here is how to do that:. Some people might think put objection here, something like: However, in my experience, answer the objection Another reason people may not want to learn a foreign language is If you can't think of any objections, then ask other people for help. Have them read your paper, or just tell them your ideas and ask them what sorts of arguments they think people might have against what you are saying. If you don't have anyone nearby that you can ask, send your paper to your parents, or a friend that you know would help you out.

You might also consider asking a friend in your class to read and respond. I don't think that phrase would make an effective ending of a sentence unless you were using it in a conversation. Can I start a phrase in my essay using the word since?

I am not allowed to start by writing "as. Using one of the connecting transition words is a good way to link one sentence with another. You can also use "since. Here is an example:. I added blueberries to the top of the salad we are having for dinner. Since Danielle doesn't like blueberries, I made a small salad without them for her.

In this example, you could replace "since" with "because" for basically the same causal relationship. However, you could also use one of the other three words if you wanted to emphasize "I also did this other thing. Can I start a sentence using the word "My"? My hoarding of unnecessary things is getting out of hand. My answer has to be yes! As long as you use "my" as the possessive of something it works. In my example "my answer" uses "my" with a noun and describes whose answer it is.

In your example, the "my" is used with a phrase describing an action "hoarding of unnecessary things" which is the subject of the sentence. A good way to start an essay is to decide on your topic question and then answer it. That will make a thesis or main idea for your essay. You can read more about it in this article: Generally, you do not want to use "this" without a noun.

You should say "this sweater," "this idea" or "this surprising circumstance. If you are writing in the first person, you really can't get away from using "I" but you can put these sentence starters in front of the "I" so that it doesn't jump out at the reader.

As a matter of fact, I usually introduce sentence starters to my class when we are doing a personal essay. I have them notice how many times they start a sentence in the personal essay with "I" and then I have them circle all of those "I" sentences. Next, I have them scan the list of words and put one or more in front of the "I" sentences. Another trick is to take a sentence and invert it so that the "I" is not the first word. I wanted to explain how to use sentence starters and so I used many "I" sentences in this answer.

Because I wanted to explain how sentence starters work, I used many "I sentences in this answer. Go back and see what I did to "eliminate" the "I"! When you are tempted to use "so" to start a sentence, you are generally trying to convey a conclusion or a result. Here are some good transition words and phrases for that:. Look at the list of connecting words for substitutes for "and" at the beginning of a sentence. Inside a sentence, there usually doesn't need to be a substitute for "and" if you are connecting two or more ideas.

You can't really overuse "and. Therefore, you need to use these sentence starters to help you out and also look at my article on 5 Easy Ways to Write Better Sentences. Don't always start the sentence with the subject. Use an introductory phrase instead. For explanations of these three techniques ane more ideas, you can see my article: Five Tips to Write Better Sentences: 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.

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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?

The transition words and phrases have been assigned only once to somewhat artificial categories, although some words belong to more than one category. There is some overlapping with prepositions and postpositions, but for the purpose of usage and completeness of this concise guide, I did not differentiate.

The transition words like also, in addition, and, likewise , add information , reinforce ideas , and express agreement with preceding material. Transition phrases like but , rather and or , express that there is evidence to the contrary or point out alternatives , and thus introduce a change the line of reasoning contrast. These transitional devices like especially are used to introduce examples as support , to indicate importance or as an illustration so that an idea is cued to the reader.

Some of these transition words thus, then, accordingly, consequently, therefore, henceforth are time words that are used to show that after a particular time there was a consequence or an effect.

The other devices are placed before the consequences or effects. These transitional words like finally have the function of limiting, restricting, and defining time. They can be used either alone or as part of adverbial expressions. Many transition words in the time category consequently; first, second, third; further; hence; henceforth; since; then, when; and whenever have other uses.

Except for the numbers first, second, third and further they add a meaning of time in expressing conditions, qualifications, or reasons. The numbers are also used to add information or list examples. Further is also used to indicate added space as well as added time. These transition words are often used as part of adverbial expressions and have the function to restrict, limit or qualify space. Quite a few of these are also found in the Time category and can be used to describe spatial order or spatial reference.

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+ Useful Words and Phrases to Write a Great Essay The secret to a successful essay doesn’t just lie in the clever things you talk about and the way you structure your points. May 16,  · Easy Words to Use as Sentence Starters to Write Better Essays. Updated on March 28, Virginia Kearney. Using one of these sentence starters is a good way to write a more interesting sentence for your "hook." It also helps to start with an example or a story which will get your reader involved in your paper. My son has to write a Reviews:

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Transitional words and phrases can create powerful links between ideas in your paper and can help your reader understand the logic of your paper. However, these words all have different meanings, nuances, and connotations. Before using a particular transitional word in your paper, be sure you. Looking for a quick way to give your writing more punch? Maybe a little personality or pizzazz – that extra little “oomph” that makes your reader pay attention? Well, good news: “Power words” are the answer, and you can put them in place in a matter of minutes. This post gives you a reference lists of power words, examples of power words being used — everything you need to hit the.