Easy Words to Use as Sentence Starters to Write Better Essays
Virginia has been a university English instructor for over 20 years. She specializes in helping people write essays faster and easier.
Word or phrase that shows relationship between ideas. Usually used at the start of a sentence.
Improve Your Writing Today!
Can you quickly and easily improve your writing? Absolutely! For over 20 years, I've taught these tips to students and seen their writing dramatically improve. Why?
- Using transition words helps you resist the habit of using a 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.
How To Use Sentence Starter Lists
The most important tip to quickly improve your writing is to follow one rule:
Start every sentence in a paragraph with a different word. How? Here is my step-by-step guide:
- Use the transition list as you write: Think about how the sentences in your paragraph relate to one another. Are you comparing and contrasting two ideas? Use "Showing Contrast" transition words below. Are you writing about steps in a process? Then use the "Adding to an Idea" transition words below. When writing about something that happened, use the "Sequence/Time" transitions I've provided.
- 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.
Choosing the Right Word
How can you choose the right word for each sentence? What makes using transitions improve your writing is that it forces you to explain the connections between your ideas. Ask yourself:
- 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:
Does this sentence add information? Use: moreover, furthermore, additionally, not only...but also, or another addition transition.
Does the sentence contrast or contradict? Use: however, on the other hand, in contrast, yet, conversely, or another contrasting transition.
Are you writing something that happens in order? Use: next, then, in fact, similarly, or a time word like first, second, third, and finally.
Does this sentence add evidence? Use: for example, consequently, for this reason, or another adding transition.
Does the sentence emphasize an idea? Use: obviously, especially, as a rule, particularly, or another emphasizing transition.
Does the sentence start your conclusion: Use: finally, in conclusion, in sum, obviously, or another concluding transition.
Tips to Remember
1. Use a variety of transition words, not the same one.
2. Put a comma after the transition word.
3. Put the subject of the sentence after the comma.
Transition Word List
Words to Show Contrast
Words to Add to an Idea
Words That Show Cause
Words That Add Emphasis
as a result
as a rule
as well as
for this reason
for this purpose
on the one hand…on the other hand
on the contrary
for the most part
in this situation
no doubt (undoubtedly)
this is why
as you can see
one other thing
for all of those reasons
2. Use a Variety of Words When Citing Examples
for one thing
in particular (particularly)
as an illustration
this can be seen in
for/as an example
in this case
3. Use Different Words to Order Events and Sequence Time
first... second... third...
with this in mind
generally... furthermore... finally
in the first place... also... lastly
to be sure... additionally... lastly
in the meantime
first... just in the same way... finally
for the time being
basically... similarly... as well as
first of all
the next step
to begin with
in the first place
4. Use Interesting Words When Summarizing
in any event
in other words
all in all
that is (that is to say)
all things considered
to put it differently
by and large
in the final analysis
to sum up
on the whole
in the long run
in any case
once and for all
at the end
Examples of Using Transition Words
Without transition words:
Cell phones have changed our family communication for the worse. Parents complain about their teenagers spending too much time on their phones. Teenagers are annoyed that they can't get the attention of their parents, who are always working or shopping on their phones. We need to make some changes.
Adding transition words:
Generally speaking, cell phones have changed our family communication for the worse. Obviously, parents complain about their teenagers spending too much time on their phones. Moreover, teenagers are annoyed that they can't get the attention of their parents, who are always working or shopping on their phones. Unquestionably, we need to make some changes.
Without transition words
Liz went to the store to get some groceries. She ran into her roommate Joy in the produce section. They argued about whether they were out of blueberries and what they should buy for dinner. Joy insisted that she was better at choosing ripe avocados. Liz retorted that Joy didn't know how to make guacamole correctly and that she was tired of Mexican food every night. They bickered for five minutes. Joy's phone rang. It was their friend Mark inviting them over to his house for dinner. Listening, Liz smiled and nodded. Joy laughed and told him, "We are on our way!"
With transition words
After work, Liz went to the store to get some groceries. In the produce section, she ran into her roommate Joy. First of all, they argued about whether they were out of blueberries, and secondly what they should buy for dinner. Next, Joy insisted that she was better at choosing ripe avocados. Simultaneously, Liz retorted that Joy didn't know how to make guacamole correctly and that she was tired of Mexican food every night. Subsequently, they bickered for five minutes. Finally, Joy's phone rang. Luckily, it was their friend Mark inviting them over to his house for dinner. Listening, Liz smiled and nodded. Consequently, Joy laughed and told him, "We are on our way!"
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. Inevitably, as soon as I tell my classes about this technique their writing improves dramatically. Better yet, the more you use transition words in revision, the more you begin to add that technique to your writing during the first draft.
Why does that help? It begins training you to think about how your ideas relate to one another and helps you to write essays that are deeper, more connected and logical. If you've found this technique helpful, or if you have another sentence starting technique, please add your comments below to help out other writers.
How many times to you revise an essay?
Questions & Answers
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What is a good way to start a sentence?
There are many good ways of starting a sentence. A typical way of starting a sentence in English is with the subject. However, that can become monotonous and that is why I suggest that you try using some of these sentence starters, or "ing" words (called gerunds) or other types of phrases which come before the subject.Helpful 250
What are other words to use instead of using "I" all the time?
If you are writing in the first person, you can't avoid using "I." However, if you follow the easy five tips, I give for writing better sentences: https://hubpages.com/humanities/Writing-Effective-...
you will be able to hide the fact that you are using "I" a lot by not starting every sentence with the personal pronoun.Helpful 156
What is the best way to start a story?
Start a story with a vivid illustration, a story, a question, or a personal example.Helpful 104
What are other words can I use instead of "My" when writing an essay?
The word "my" is a possessive pronoun which doesn't really have a substitute. "The pen" is not the same as "my pen" or "his pen," and you would want to use the "my" if it is important to note that the pen belongs to you. You could write, "the pen belonging to me was stolen" instead of "my pen was stolen" but that is a rather awkward and archaic phrasing. It is probably better to use "my" when you need it to indicate that it belongs to you and to work on varying your sentences by using my methods in my 5 Easy Tips to Write Better Sentences: https://hubpages.com/humanities/Writing-Effective-...
How can I write so that I sound smart?
Along with using sentence starters, there are a lot of other sentence tricks to make your writing sound more professional and educated (making you sound "smart"). I have all of those tips outlined in my article about "How to Write Effective Sentences" which you can read here: https://owlcation.com/academia/Writing-Effective-S...
How can I introduce someone's poem or book?
I have given full directions for including an author's name correctly in your essay in this article:https://hubpages.com/academia/Examples-of-Summary-... You can use many of the sentence starter words at the beginning, but you need to include the author's full name, the title of the work and what kind of work it is. Here are some examples:
In the poem "How to Be Happy" by Jordan Rivers, the poet explains her own experiences in letting go of anger, guilt, and fear.
Jordan River's poem, "How to Be Happy" elucidates her methodology of getting rid of negative emotions.
Ultimately, Jordan River's book "How to Be Happy" encourages her audience to think less about themselves and more about other people.
If I had to self-evaluate myself in a speech, How would I start?
I'd start with a story that would show both your good and bad points. For example, a time that you spent a whole day getting ready for a friend's birthday only to find out that you'd gotten the wrong day. Then you could say what that reveals about you. I this example you could say, "This shows that I'm a thoughtful person, but not always very careful about the details."
What words can I use instead of "firstly"?
In the first place
From the start
What is a good sentence starter for a third paragraph in an essay?
There is not just one sentence starter that works for any particular position in a paper. What you need to decide is what that sentence is doing in relation to the last paragraph. If you are adding information, use an adding transition. If you are contrasting, use a contrast transition etc.
What sentence starters should I use when writing a persuasive essay?
Sentence starters are especially important in persuasive writing because they intensify your language and point the reader towards what you feel is most important. Any of these sentence starters will work, but persuasive writing sometimes focuses on the more common or emotionally charged language, avoiding the more academic-sounding words. Here are some examples,
Indeed, you can see that...
In fact, the result of not following this policy is...
Conversely, we know that...
No doubt, the answer is...
Less persuasive (unless you are appealing to an academic audience) would be:
Hence we believe that...
Accordingly, the answer is...
For this reason, we have chosen to say...
How do I write my essay introduction when comparing two texts?
Your introduction should explain the main point of your essay and what you think is the main differences and/or similarities in the two texts. You can start with a description or short story from each of the two which shows that comparison.
What is a good sentence to end an introductory paragraph with?
End your introduction with the topic question. The thesis will be the answer to that question and it can be put after the question or as the beginning of the next paragraph. Here is information about writing thesis sentences from my article: https://hubpages.com/humanities/Easy-Ways-to-Write...
What is an anecdote?
Anecdotes are short stories about a person or event. Often, an anecdote is funny or makes an important point. Anecdotes that you would use to start an essay should be ones that summarize the main point you want to make or introduce the subject in an interesting or amusing way. For example, on an essay about procrastination, you could tell a story of your brother's procrastination in getting to his wedding, or your procrastination in getting your scholarship application in on time which resulted in you accidentally getting a bigger scholarship.
What if I use sentence starters and a teacher notices my writing is better than usual and thinks I had help?
Good instruction and ideas about how to write are the kind of help that should never get you in trouble. It would be different if someone else told you how to write a particular sentence, but when you apply writing hints on your own then you should be commended. Be sure you can explain what you are doing and why and your teacher will be impressed.
What should I say instead of "and then," "then" or "so then"?
Use: therefore, next, additionally, furthermore, and moreover.
Do you have any sizzling start ideas for environmental suitability?
You probably need to look at my articles which give good introduction and conclusion ideas. Here are some links:
What is another word for "there are"?
Generally, in a sentence that starts with "there are" you will need to reword the sentence to change it around or add one of my sentence starters. Here is an example using the sentence "There are many different ways to word a sentence correctly in English."
1. Luckily, there are many different ways to word a sentence correctly in English.
2. In English, there are many different ways to word a sentence correctly.
3. Correctly wording a sentence in English is easy because there are many correct ways to do it.
4. In some languages, sentence structure is very precise but an advantage of English is that you can switch parts of a sentence around and the meaning is the same.
I keep on using "this" to start a sentence, like I will say "this disruption caused..." or "this corruption later created a...". Is there any way that I can use a different word, or transition to get rid of the repetition?
Avoiding "this" is an excellent way to improve your writing. You can certainly use any of these sentence starters to help you out. With a sentence starter, you might still use "this," but it won't stand out as repetitive. Additionally, you might want to think about other ways to state the point or combine two ideas together into one longer sentence. See the following:
Inevitably, this disruption caused a problem in society because corruption began to be seen at all levels. Bribes were expected by all public officials. Therefore, the disruption...Moreover, the problem started...Furthermore, without having any way to stop it, the officials in charge began to....this system of corruption.Helpful 18
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What word can I use instead of nowadays to start an essay?
At this period in history
Most of us know think
In the present momentHelpful 14
Can you end a sentence with “that is"?
I don't think that phrase would make an effective ending of a sentence unless you were using it in a conversation.Helpful 14
How do I start a paragraph?
There are several ways to answer this question, and so, I will try to cover all of the information possible on this topic.
1. Sentence starters are excellent words to use as the first word in a paragraph because they will help you link the ideas of each paragraph together. For example, if the essay is about reasons that Indian food is so tasty, these possible first sentences of the body could be done:
1. First of all, Indian food is wonderful because it uses so many spices...
2. Furthermore, the wonderful taste of Indian food comes from the preparation...
3. Ultimately, the taste of Indian food comes from the variety of ingredients and the creativity of cooks...
2. There are many correct ways to start a paragraph, but in standard English, it is typical to begin each paragraph (except for the first paragraph in an essay) with the topic sentence. A topic sentence tells the main idea of the paragraph. The rest of the paragraph will explain the topic sentence and give examples and reasons to back up that assertion.
In the first paragraph of an essay, you will generally give examples first and then put the thesis sentence at the end of the paragraph. The thesis sentence is the main idea of the whole essay.
3. Finally, in case the question is actually about the formatting of the paragraph, it is important to know that each paragraph in English is indented, and starts with a capital letter (as do all first words in an English sentence).Helpful 13
How can I motivate a reader in the first sentence of an open letter?
I often advise students to use a question as an opening statement because that helps to get the reader to think about the topic. Another good way to motivate a reader of a letter is to present them with a startling statistic, dramatic story, or interesting fact. Sometimes sentence starters can be helpful in making your sentence more interesting. Here are some sample openings to sentences:
Have you ever wondered what would happen if...?
Did you know that 59% of all African-American men believe...?
You may not believe it, but the truth is that...
Suddenly, with no warning from anyone...
Nothing can prepare you for...
On the one hand we all know...., but, on the other hand, none of us does anything about it.Helpful 12
Does an essay have to have a bibliography?
If an essay uses sources, it should include a bibliography which lists the works cited in the essay.Helpful 11
What are other sentence starters for "This is because?"
What you are describing is a "cause" transition. Here are some possibilities:
As a result...
Because of this... then...
On account of
The reason for
When XX occurred, it caused XX
One thing that resulted was...
One thing that caused this situation was...Helpful 11
What are some words to use besides "the"?
"The" is the only definite article we have in the English language and there isn't an actual substitute for saying "the lawn," "the dog" or "the man." We use "the" when there is only one possible thing it could be talking about, and the audience knows exactly which one it would be.
In general, you really can't overuse the word "the." However, your question is probably referring to the problem of your sentences sounding too simple and general. To get rid of that problem, you can substitute a clearer and more specific description of the thing you are referring to rather than the simple "the ...." Here are some samples:
"The man" could be John (his name), our dentist (our relationship to him), that man I met in the subway (a description of a situation), that rather thin and older man (a description of his appearance).
Are there different types of essays?
There are many different types of essays that I have written articles about, including:
Cause and Effect
Summary, Analysis and Response
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.
What's a good way to start a paragraph when you are comparing two characters?
Start with describing the two characters and contrasting them.
Can I start a sentence using the word "My"? Example: 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.Helpful 9
What are other ways to start an essay?
Good ways to start an essay are to use:
a real-life story from the news or history
a story from your own life or someone you know (a personal story)
a story from fiction, T.V., or a movie
an example of a typical situation which illustrates the problem or situation you are talking about
a conversation between two people about the issue (real or made up)
facts that everyone knows about the situation
statistics about the situation
an explanation of the problem
more than one of the above.
For example, I often suggest that students start with a personal example of the situation to draw in the reader's attention and then have them give statistics to show the scope of the problem. With any of these examples, you can still use the sentence starters in this article to make your sentences pop out.Helpful 9
What words can I start an essay with?
Any words can be used to start an essay and there isn't really any particular words or phrase that works best. Generally, I tell students to begin a first draft of an essay by setting a timer and just writing down everything they think or know about the paper topic. This does not have to be full sentences. You can write down just words or phrases. After you've written for about 5-10 minutes, stop and re-read what you have. If you haven't yet decided on a thesis question, this is a good time to choose one. The next step is to answer that question, which makes your thesis answer (main thesis statement). From there, you can decide on your introduction, body, and conclusion. I have many different articles on how to write different kinds of essays. You can Google the type of essay you are writing with my name and this website and you can find a full set of instructions.
What other words can I use instead of "I"?
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. Here is an example:
Bad Example: I wanted to explain how to use sentence starters and so I used many "I" sentences in this answer.
Rewrite: 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"!
What are other words can I use instead of "So"?
As a result
Which words can I use to start a paragraph? Can we start the paragraph with transition words?
Transition words make an excellent first word in a paragraph because they help you explain how that paragraph is linked to the ideas in the previous paragraph.
Is there a better wording for "I am?"
You can replace the "am" with a more active verb which describes what you are saying. You can also add an adverb (word ending in "ly" which describes the verb). A final way to vary your word choice is to add some of these sentence starters. Here are some examples:
I often say...
I sometimes defer...
I occasionally decline...
Moreover, I feel that...
Additionally, I don't care for...
However, I've never liked...
Conclusively, I represent a person who...
What would be another way to say "in the middle of the story...?"
Here are some other ways to talk about the middle of a story:
At the climax of the action
Before the final ending
After establishing the beginning situation
The story continues
At the mid-point in the story
Halfway through, the story continues with
In the meantime
l always start sentences with ''the'' can you help me to stop, please?
"The" is not an incorrect word to use to start a sentence but you never want to use the same word over and over because it makes your sentences sound repetative and not as professional. If you are using "the" repeatedly, it probably means you are always writing sentences which start with the subject. To fix that, you can switch sentences around to put the object first, add one of these transition sentence starters, or just reword the sentence. For examples and information about writing different kinds of sentences, see my article about "5 Easy Tips to Write Better Sentences in English https://hubpages.com/humanities/Writing-Effective-..."
What is another way to say, "As you can see...?"
That phrase is a conclusion phrase, and other words for this would be:
As a result
What other words can I use instead of "that" in essays?
"That" is a pronoun used to identify a specific thing or person, so, alternatively, you can:
1. use the name of the thing or person
2. use a description of the thing or person
3. use the pronoun: he, she, it
4. use an alternative name for that thing or person
However, I wouldn't worry too much about overusing any particular word because the best way to avoid repetitive sentences is to use these easy sentence starters and to combine your short sentences. See my article about writing effective sentences: https://owlcation.com/academia/Writing-Effective-S...
What other words can I use instead of "many"?
A great number
What are other ways to start a sentence instead of "I will explain"?
"I will explain" is the way that a person might speak when talking to someone but it is never appropriate in an essay because "I will explain" is really the answer to a question someone asks you and in an essay, you are the only one talking. What really works better is just to state the question and then give an answer without talking to the audience directly. Here are some other phrases you could use:
1. Three reasons exist for this problem and they are easy to explain. The first reason is...
2. Clearly, the answer may be simple but requires some explanation.
3. Undoubtedly, the best explanation is really that...
How do you write a vivid illustration for the beginning of a story?
You need to write a description that uses sense imagery (smell, taste, touch, sight) and uses vivid adjectives and adverbs. One way to do this is to close your eyes and imagine the story from beginning to end. Then start writing down phrases of what you see. Next, write a paragraph about what happens. Make it more vivid by adding as many details as you can.
While writing essays, how can I avoid starting all my sentences with the same word?
1. Don't always start the sentence with the subject. Use an introductory phrase instead.
2. Use one of the sentence starters on some sentences.
3. Combine short sentences together.
For explanations of these three techniques ane more ideas, you can see my article: Five Tips to Write Better Sentences: https://hubpages.com/humanities/Writing-Effective-...
How do I start the second point of my body paragraph for my informative essay?
Generally, you will use an additive or sequence transition word when doing your body paragraphs unless the information is contrary to what you've said before. Here are some suggestions:
Another important point is...
The second part of this situation is...
What sentence starter can I use instead of "the"?
Any of the words in these lists would work. You should also think of different ways to address your subject. For example, if your subject is "the school" you could also say:
1. The actual name of the school.
2. A description of the place.
3. Some part of the school (our class, a hallway).
4. A synonym: this educational establishment, our place of learning.
5. The name of the school with an adjective or possessive: our friendly school, this horrible school, this exciting school.
How can I write an essay on police brutality?
You need to decide what is the claim you are trying to make. You can use any of the following:
Police brutality exists.
What is police brutality?
What causes police brutality?
How important is it to report on police brutality, or how important is it to make police brutality a political issue?
What can we do about police brutality?
After you have narrowed your topic, you will want to look at my essay on how to write an argument step by step: https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-an-Arg...
What words can I use instead of "did you know?"
What many people don't know...
The fact is...
Researchers have concluded...
Can I start a sentence with "And"?
The simple answer is yes. You can start a sentence with "and" and be correct. However, it can make your writing more effective if you try to avoid "and' and use one of the other adding conjunctions listed in my article. Why? "And" is easy and sounds a lot like our typical speech, but when you spend the time to think about which other sentence starter fits, you often get a more nuanced meaning in your sentence. "And" tends to connect two ideas equally but does not always show the relationship between those ideas. Consider the following example which uses two coordinating conjunctions "and" and "but" to start sentences:
Anna went skiing yesterday on the steep run at Whistler that I warned her not to try. And she made it down the hill just fine. But then she slipped on some ice at the bottom of the run and twisted her ankle so badly she can't ski today.
Now look at a re-write which uses sentence starters:
Anna went skiing today on the steep run at Whistler that I warned her not to try. Moreover, she made it down the hill just fine; however, when she got to the bottom, she slipped on some ice and twisted her ankle so badly she can't ski today.
"And," "but," "or," and "so" are all conjunctions which join two sentences together, or explain the relationship between items in a list. Many people are taught not to use them at the start of a sentence, but the truth is that many of us use them all the time when we are speaking, and the Chicago Manual of Style suggests that up to 10% of written sentences start with one of the coordinating conjunctions. Coordinating conjunctions also include "yet," "or," and "nor" and are often remembered by the term FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). Final answer? It is not improper or wrong to use coordinating conjunctions to start a sentence, but it may not be the most effective technique and is often overused by less experienced writers. Additionally, since many people have been taught, it is incorrect, others may judge your use of "and" to start a sentence with poor writing and incorrect grammar. Therefore, I tend to tell my students not to use a coordinating conjunction to start sentences if they can avoid it.
What is an interesting way to replace "firstly" for the first paragraph of an essay?
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." I would never use "firstly" because it sounds rather awkward. You could use the word, "Initially" or the phrase, "to start with."
Suppose you were to use a conjunction to start off a sentence in a high school English assignment, would this action result in a deduction of marks due to it being considered as a grammatical error/mistake?
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.
What is another grouping of words that I can use instead of "Most of..."?
Your best choice for substitutes for "most of" would be "many," "a considerable number," or "almost all."
What other words can I use besides "he" while writing an essay?
Use the name of the person, their title, their relationship (boss, student, friend), or a description of them.
Can I use "and" at the start of a sentence?
Yes, but I would not use this in a formal essay for class and only sparingly in any professional writing. "And" is a conjunction which like the other conjunctions (but, for, nor, so, yet) is primarily intended to join two different sentences together into one, or to compare two ideas (as I just did here). However, if you open any book or read any article, you will probably see "and" and the other conjunctions at the start of sentences. Even so, many English teachers will forbid the use of conjunctions to start sentences and may mark you down for it, and there are two good reasons for that. Using "and" to start a sentence gives the writing a very informal tone because it sounds more like speech, and English teachers are generally trying to move students away from informal writing to teach them a more professional way to communicate. Secondly, using "and" is a bit lazy and tends to be a bit imprecise. Here are some better alternatives: moreover, additionally, therefore, comparatively, and furthermore.
What is the contrast between essay structure and paragraphs?
Paragraphs (which should all start with a topic sentence) make up the essay structure. The topic sentences should tell the main idea of each paragraph and should all work to answer the thesis question. That thesis question should come at the end of the introduction and the answer should come after that. I have complete instructions for organizing a variety of type of essays. Here is one for the explaining essay which gives many different ideas: https://hubpages.com/academia/How-to-Write-an-Expl...
I am stuck on writing the first sentence which often determines whether or not the reader wants to continue. How do I write an effective "hook?"
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. Questions can be a good starting sentence, or a vivid description or startling fact. Never start with something boring like "In all of human history..." For example, if you are writing about n start poverty, you can start with some startling facts or a story. Here are some sample first sentences on that topic:
Did you know that in America about 41% of children were living on the brink of poverty in 2016?
Getting ready for school in on a Monday morning, John Jefferson hoped the school breakfast would be a good one since he hadn't eaten anything but crackers since the school lunch on Friday.
What are some substitutes for starting a sentence with the word '"this"?
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.), so be sure that when you do use "this" it is always with a noun and not "disembodied" as my grammar teacher used to say. 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.
There are a few other phrases that could be used instead of this:
1. The object in question.
2. The thing I was talking about.
3. The aforementioned item.
4. That object
You can also use a synonym for the item in question. For example, "this jacket" could also be "this coat." However, don't switch words just to be different because sometimes that can confuse the issue. If the "this..." item is the subject you are talking about, you can use "it" also. Here are some examples using the phase "this book."
This book is the one I have been wanting to read for over a month.
Moreover, this book is the one I've wanted to read for a month now.
For a month now, I've been wanting to read that book you just found.
Waiting for over a month, I finally found this book I've been looking for.
What are the best transitions to use with my body paragraphs when I'm writing an essay?
Most of these sentence starters can be used as a transition to a body paragraph. To choose the right one, you need to decide what connection that body paragraph has to the paragraphs before. Are you adding information? Contrasting? Concluding? Use the different types of transitions listed under those categories. A few of the most popular ones to use are: Additionally, Therefore, In contrast, In conclusion.
What other words could I use instead of “according to?"
When you are using "according to" you are probably quoting an article or making a reference to a source. Other ways to do that are:
In the article, the author argues "XXX" (Haley 128).
One source contends that "XXX" (Samuels 87).
John Jones suggests "XXX" (Jones 5).
Saying "XXX," James Mark gives his opinion that XXX (Mark 45).
For a much longer list of ideas of how to vary the way you quote sources see my article: https://hubpages.com/humanities/Other-Words-for-Sa...
Is there another way of saying "suddenly?"
Other words or phrases you could use are:
Just at that moment
All of a sudden
In an instant
What is another way of saying "Following on" in a sentence?
I believe that what you are talking about is continuing on something in a sentence. Here are some words you can use:
Continuing this situation
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: learning a language is too hard). 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.
How do I start the next sentence after saying, "I am honored to be in this position"?
This sounds like the beginning of a speech, and so it is often polite to acknowledge who has honored you. Then, you can say thanks for this honor, or, if you are giving a speech, it is good to share the main point you will talk about, or to announce the title of the speech. Here are some samples:
"I am honored to be in this position of speaking to the Community Garden Association. Today, I will be talking about "How to Get Bees to Visit Your Garden."
"I am honored to be in this position of accepting an award from the Car Club. Moreover, I would like to thank..."
"I am honored to be in this position of writing an essay about how to succeed in your small business. First of all, it is important for any entrepreneur to know..."
what are other words can I use instead of "throughout"?
1. all through
3. far and near
6. in every part
7. on all accounts
8. from beginning to end
What is another word or phrase I can use instead of "this" after using a quote? For example, if my sentences goes like this: "Foucault says "power is knowledge." This highlights that" what can I use at the beginning of my second sentence?
Using "this" is not incorrect, but you need to say a noun to indicate what "this" you are talking about. For example, "This phrase highlights..." When you use a noun with "this" you clarify what you are talking about and also avoid sentences that sound unprofessional. Another way to do this is to re-write:
Foucault's phrase "power is knowledge" highlights...
What other words can I use instead of “so”?
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:
As a result of...
The reason for this is...
As a consequence...
How would you substitute a word for "she" and "he" if you’re writing about a specific person?
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." However, it is fine to use the pronouns also and most readers won't think they are overused unless your sentences are too short and too repetitive in style. That is where you can use my sentence starters (in this article) and hints about how to write sentences to improve: https://owlcation.com/humanities/Writing-Effective...
What other words can I use other than "before?"
Other words that can replace "before" are:
2. Prior to
4. In anticipation of
8. Up to this time
9. Until now
12. Ahead of
12. In advance of
What words can I use other than firstly, secondly, and finally?
Any of the other time and sequence words will work instead of firstly and secondly. Any conclusion words can replace finally. Here are some examples:
In the beginning
to begin with
in the first place
in the second place
In the end
In the final analysis
As shown above
Would "Essentially" be a good word to start an essay?
"Essentially" is a word that sums up something, so it would not be a good word to use in starting an essay. It would be all right to use that word to start your conclusion.
What are other words that I can use instead of "Another moment"?
In general, "another moment" isn't a phrase I can imagine would be used very often in writing and it is all right to use a phrase once in a while. Here are some alternatives:
In a while
After a time
After a short interval had passed
Once in a while
At a different time
What is a word I can use to open the second paragraph of an essay?
There is no specific word to use for the second paragraph; however, one way to write an essay is to have your thesis question as the last sentence in the first paragraph and then your answer (thesis answer) would be the first sentence in the second paragraph. For more about how to do this see my article, How to Write an Excellent Thesis Sentence: https://owlcation.com/humanities/Easy-Ways-to-Writ...
How many sentences should there be in a five-paragraph essay?
Generally, if you are trying to write just the minimum, you would expect to write five sentences for each paragraph. So 25 sentences in a 5 paragraph essay would be the least you should do.
What words should I use instead of "therefore"?
"Therefore" is a word that indicates you are giving a conclusion based on the evidence previously presented. Here are some words and phrases that can be substituted for "therefore":
Because of this
As a result
In other words
My conclusion is
A conclusion can be drawn from this that
A generalization that can be made is
That being so
That being the case
On that account
What is the best way to express emotion in an essay or book report?
Using transition sentence starters can help you express your own opinions and emotions because they can intensify your thought and ideas and help make the statements stronger. You can also use some of the "author tag" words in this article to show approval or disapproval for ideas: https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-a-Summ...
Is there any word that can be used instead of "must" or "should"?
Here are some alternatives:
be forced to
be compelled to
it is de rigueur
How can I grab the reader's attention without using I, me, or my, and without stating an opinion?
The best way to grab the reader's attention is by using interesting stories, examples and vivid language in describing. Another way to grab their attention is to use questions or to approach the issue from an unusual perspective. I give examples of this in my "Funny Essay Topics" list: https://hubpages.com/academia/Funny-Argumentative-...
Can I use these sentence starters to begin an essay?
These "easy words" that help you start sentences are also called "transition words," and their job is to link ideas together. You can use them in starting an essay or in any sentence in a paper; however, they are most effective when used inside the text, and particularly so as the first word in a paragraph. These transition words can help you to show that you are:
1. Adding an additional example or reason (moreover, additionally, furthermore, not only...but also).
2. Presenting a contrasting idea (however, on the other hand, in contrast, on the one hand...on the other hand).
3. Explaining the order of things (first...second...third, next, afterward, finally).
What are other words can I use instead of "A"?
I'm not sure that you can eliminate "a" but you can use:
1. one or another number
2. the or this
3. a synonym
How do I write a Valentine's day essay?
Start with a story about a romance. You can do a historical couple, someone you know who has an interesting love story, or a personal story you have about love or Valentine's day. Another way to start this essay is to use what I call "Reversed Expectations." Start with what is expected about the holiday, or what you were expecting on a particular Valentine's day and then tell what happened to reverse those expectations.
The body of your essay can be a story about Valentines, reasons why you do or do not like this holiday, explanations about how people celebrate it differently around the world, a discussion of the history of the holiday, description of how it has become a major commercial holiday, or a discussion of how important this day is for certain businesses like florists. Conclude with what the holiday means to you, why you do or do not like the holiday, or what you think should be done to make this holiday better.
How else could I start this sentence: In my family?
There is nothing wrong with using "in my family" to start a sentence, but I'm assuming the problem is that you have used that several times in an essay telling about what you do in your family. Here are some variations:
1. Add a transition before it: Sometimes, in my family... or Sometimes my family likes to...
2. Vary the way you say it: everyone in my family, some of us, all of us, my parents and I, my siblings and I, our household, the Kearney family, our family traditions, the way we like to do it is...
3. Flip the sentence around to put the predicate first. For example, instead of saying "In my family, we like to cook tamales for Christmas" you could say "Tamales is the meal my family loves to cook at Christmas" or "At Christmas, my family loves to cook tamales together."
What can I use instead of "in conclusion" when ending an essay?
Other ways to say "in conclusion" and introduce your final thoughts are:
Can you give me an example of an essay topic sentence?
Check out this article about how to write topic sentences: https://hubpages.com/academia/How-to-Write-a-Great... It gives lots of examples and help.
What other words can I use instead of "follow-up" or "checking-up?"
Those two phrases indicate that you are doing an additional activity or a sequence. Here are some ideas:
Subsequently, after X amount of time...
What words can I use in place of "this"?
The most important rule about the word "this" is not to use it all by itself. "This" refers to particular things and should be used with a noun unless you are using it in dialogue. 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." For example, instead of saying, "I'm going to tell you about this." You should say, "I'm going to discuss the problem of global warming." In other words, the best way to get rid of "this" is to replace it with the specific thing you are referring to in the first place.
What are some synonyms for "important"?
Synonyms for important would be:
How can I improve my vocabulary?
One of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read. Choose things to read that you can understand but which have a few words on a page that you aren't sure what the meaning is. Mark the words you arent sure about. You might even want to write them down in a list. Looking at the sentences around that word, try to figure out what it means and write down what you think. Then look the word up and write down the "dictionary definition." Look back at the sentence and your own definition and see how close you were to understanding the word. When you have spent that much time on a word you will probably remember it, but you can also review the words and definitions once or twice a week to help you remember. Last, try to use your new words in writing or conversation!
What other words can I use instead of yourself, you, my, and myself?
There really aren't any other words to use for a personal pronoun, but you can avoid sounding repetitive by making sure that you use these sentence starters before the subject if it is "I" and by combining your sentences, using appropriate commas, semicolons and other punctuation. Here is my article on writing effectively which explains how to do that:
Can I have some helpful sentence starters for children in grades K-3?
Here are the best sentence starters for children who are just learning to write:
Sequence Words: First, Second, Third, Next, After, Afterwards, Before, During
Words that Show Time: At noon, In the morning, At bedtime, Later, Soon
Words that Show Place: Around, Behind, Above, In front of, Under, Near, Over, Outside
Words Indicating Days: Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday, Next Week, Sunday.
Can I start a body paragraph by using the phrase “one of the main/ major problems is that ...?"
Body paragraphs are designed to prove your thesis. Each paragraph in the body of the essay should be a reason for the reader to agree with your thesis. There is no "wrong" phrase to use in the body but each starting sentence (especially for writers who are learning how to do essays) often tells the topic sentence of that paragraph. So it is certainly possible for you to use that phrase if by pointing out the problem you are explaining a reason for your thesis.
What is another way of saying "there are"?
Using "there are" is not an incorrect way to write a sentence, but you don't want any phrase to be overused in your essay. In general, I suggest that you do not use the same word or phrase twice in any one paragraph. The best way to replace phrases like "there are" is to either put one of my sentence starters in front, or to reorganize the words in a sentence. Here are some examples, starting with the "there are" sentence and then variations:
1. There are two different solutions to this problem of trying to keep teenagers away from too much social media use: having them get a job and taking away their phone.
2. Two solutions to the problem of trying to keep teenagers away from too much social media use are having them get a job, and taking away their phones.
3. Taking away their phones can help solve the problem of trying to keep teenagers away from too much social media use and so can having them get a job.
What phases can I use other than "this is because?"
You want phrases that show causal connections:
For that reason
In that case
Since XXX then XXX
What can I put instead of "and" as a sentence starter?
Look at the list of connecting words for substitutes for "and" at the beginning of a sentence. For example: additionally, moreover, in addition, and furthermore. 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." However, if your teacher is complaining about that, it probably signals that you are writing too simplistic of sentences. 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.
What is another phrase for "and while I... ?
Other possibilities are to use :
1. time words like first, second, third
4. at the same time
6. in sync
What transition word can I use for my third paragraph?
Some transition words are specific to a particular part of a paper, but most are not. If the third paragraph is at the end of a paper, you can use:
If the third paragraph is in the middle of the paper, you can use:
A third point is...
If the third paragraph is in the middle and is where you are presenting a contrasting idea or refuting objections, you can use:
On the other hand
While some people believe...the truth is...
In general, the most important way to choose a sentence starter for any paragraph is to look at how the information in that paragraph relates to the information in the paragraph before. Is it contrasting? Adding? Extending? Concluding? Use a transition which shows the relationship.
How do you start a paragraph without using the same word to start it?
One way is to use one of these sentence starters in front of the first word. Another way is to invert the subject and predicate (instead of John ate ice cream every evening after dinner. You could write: Every evening after dinner, John ate ice cream.) I have more tips in this article,5 Easy Tips to Write Better Sentences: https://owlcation.com/humanities/Writing-Effective...
How do you start a sentence without saying "This is about?"
"This is about" is not a good way to start a sentence because you can give that information in the subject of the sentence. For example, instead of:
This is about a movie called "The Notebook" which is about a love story between a woman with Alzheimer's and her husband.
You can write:
"The Notebook" is a love story between a woman with Alzheimer's and her husband who tries to revive her memories by telling her stories.
Here are some other words you can use besides just saying the subject:
The point is
The main idea
The summary of
What are better ways to say "the start of a new dawn?"
Phrases like "the start of a new dawn" are cliches which end up making your writing sound stale and outdated. To replace a cliche, you need to think about what that phrase really means or why you are using it in the sentence in the first place. Without the full sentence, it is hard to guess because a lot of times these sorts of phrases are sort of "clearing your throat" types of sentences. However, here are some starting phrases that might work better:
1. A new phase began when...
2. An improvement in the situation started when...
3. Finally, the situation turned around when...
How to state a new idea instead of using "firstly"?
While secondly, thirdly and fourthly are correct terms to use, you would use "first" rather than "firstly." Other possible words are:
To start with
The first reason
To begin with
Can I start a phrase in my essay using the word since? I am not allowed to start by writing "as." What word can I use to link a phrase with the one before?
Using one of the connecting transition words is a good way to link one sentence with another. You can also use "since." Other good choices are "because," "moreover," "additionally," and "furthermore." Which one you use depends on the relationship between the two sentences. 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."
What are other words can I use instead of “he?"
You can use the person's name, their profession or a description of them. Here are some examples:
the man in the blue shirt
What are substitutes for the word "this"?
Generally, you do not want to use "this" without a noun. You should say "this sweater," "this idea" or "this surprising circumstance." Other ways to say the thing being referred to can be a synonym for the item.
What are "hooks" in terms of essay writing?
Hooks for an essay are interesting stories or anecdotes which make the reader want to read more. You can also use facts or statistics that get the reader interested.
What can be used in place of "most of"?
In the bulk of cases
The lion's share
The greatest number
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.
There are many ways to do this:
1. 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.G. Well's The Time Machine.
2. 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!"
3. 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: https://hubpages.com/humanities/Punctuation-of-Con...
What is another way to say "I think, or I believe?"
In my opinion
On reflection, it is my thought
I would appraise the situation as
My speculation is that
The way I have hammered this out in my mind is
What I have in mind is
I resolve the situation by thinking
I reflect that
I imagine that
Meditating on this situation, I would say that
Is it proper to start a sentence with "When" in professional writing?
Here are some appropriate ways of using "when":
When we get our project done, we will start on Herbert's new idea.
When Janice has completed her assignment, I will give it to upper administration.
What are other words to use instead of "it"?
"It" is a pronoun that is used for an object. So you can replace "it" by using the name of the object, a synonym, or a phrase that describes the object. For example, if the object is a book, you could use any of the following:
the blue one on the corner of the couch
that large tome
my favorite reading material
How do I start an essay?
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: https://hubpages.com/humanities/Easy-Ways-to-Write...
How would you use the word "atonement" in a sentence?
"Can you ever make atonement for the way your actions hurt your children?"
What is a good way to start off an informational essay?
Informational essays are sometimes called Expository essays or Explaining essays and a good way to start them is to ask questions or give a story about what you will explain. I have more ideas for introductions and full instructions on how to write an informational essay here:https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-an-Exp...
What is another word or phrase to use besides saying "in the" at the beginning of a paragraph?
You are talking about location if you are using the phrase "in the." So any other location transition might help or you can simply reverse the order of the words in the sentence. I will use a sample sentence to give some illustrations:
In the first part of the poem, Shakespeare tells the woman he loves her.
At the beginning of the poem, Shakespeare tells the woman he loves her.
Starting the poem, Shakespeare says he loves the woman.
"I love you" is what Shakespeare tells the woman in the opening of the poem.
Can you start a sentence with the word "as"?
Yes, and here are some examples:
As I was walking into the room, I saw a gun pointing at me.
As if I was really accustomed to such a situation, I calmly asked: "Who are you?"
As a person of considerable means, Martha assumed the stranger was holding her for ransom.
What are transitive verbs?
Transitive verbs are verbs (action words) which need to have something after them( an object-a noun or pronoun) in order to form a complete sentence. Intransitive verbs don't need anything after them to complete the sentence. Here are some examples:
Intransitive verb sentences:
Jacob turned on (the stove, the oven etc.)
Can you hold (the bag, the book etc.)
Transitive (you can add something after these but you don't have to in order for the sentence to be complete)
My mother teaches.
When I write an essay I have many grammar mistakes. What can I do?
I have a variety of articles which give you help. Start with 5 Easy tips to edit your papers: https://hubpages.com/humanities/How-to-Edit-Colleg... Next look at writing effective sentences: https://hubpages.com/academia/Writing-Effective-Se... Follow other links inside the articles or at the side to get more help.
What are other words can I use instead of "the study" when writing a research paper?
You can use: the article, this research report, the research, the information studied, this report, this project, and this scientific investigation.
What are some good words to use for a conclusion?
The most important takeaway from this situation
In the end
What should we do about it?
Nevertheless, the final point is clear
Most people would conclude
To sum up
All in all
In the final analysis
What are some sentence starters that can start an explanation? For example, "this proves..."
The evidence is clear that...
One conclusive reason for believing...
Ultimately, the reason for...
How do we explain this situation? Frankly, the best conclusion is...
Which expressions can we use for stating the main idea, I mean which expressions should we start our topic sentence with?
Usually, I suggest that people start by using a topic question that can be answered in several ways. Then your answer to that question is the thesis. The question can be the title or it can be the last sentence in the first paragraph. You can learn more about topic sentences and thesis sentences here: https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-a-Grea...
What are some ideas for a transition word when introducing a new topic in an essay?
A new topic will either add, contrast, or conclude the thesis and so you would use the transition word which best explains how that new idea will explain the thesis. Actually, that is the power of using transition words because you can highlight to the reader how the information you are about to explain will modify the thesis idea. Here are some examples categorized by type (or you can see the full list above in the Easy Words article):
Adding reasons or information: furthermore, moreover, in addition, additionally.
Contrasting: however, on the other hand, in spite of, nevertheless.
Concluding: in sum, therefore, finally, in conclusion.
What is another word for "Nevertheless"?
In spite of
Still and all
How do I start off explaining a quote?
You need to tell who said the quote, the title of the book or article that you found the quote in, and then what it means. Next, you would say how that quote helps your own argument point. Here is an example:
In "Would You Want Your Mother to Know?" John Jeffers points out that "Too many people forget that nothing on the Internet is really private," and he goes on to give excellent advice about how people can judge whether they should post something or not. Jeffers's advice clearly indicates that... (go on to explain how this helps your own argument). For more information on how to use quotes in your writing, see my article https://hubpages.com/academia/Examples-of-Summary-...
What are other phrases I can say instead of "One reason" when writing an essay?
You can use a sequence:
The first reason
A third reason
Or you can use some of these adding words:
Moreover, another support for this idea is
Further information about this is
The most important reason
Can I start a sentence with "an important person to me" or "a important person to me?"
It is completely correct to start a sentence with "an important person to me." When trying to decide whether to use "a" or "an," you need to listen to the sound of the word. If the word starts with a vowel sound, you use "an." That means that you would say "an hour, an offer, an understanding, an owl, an honorable, and an M.A." On the other hand, when the letter "u" makes a "y" sound, or when an "o" makes a "w" sound, you use "a." Here are some examples: a university, a unity candle, a one-way street, a once-in-a-while event, or a U.S. citizen. Sometimes there are differences in British and American pronunciation. Americans pronounce the "h" in historic, so they would write "a historic event."
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