Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

home

Follow us on: facebook logo

Essay writing: Linking words and phrases

girl writing essayThe language you use when writing essays is important in explaining your argument. Use this handy checklist of useful words and phrases to ensure you get it right first time.

To help you structure your essay clearly, use the following words and phrases in the relevant sections.

Combine them with our other essay-writing tips to make sure you get your point across.

Introduction

  • Firstly
  • Primarily
  • Chiefly
  • Importantly
  • The writer/author introduces...
  • We are introduced to...

Main argument

  • The reason for this is...
  • From this, we can note that...
  • Secondly... Thirdly... etc. Make sure you have a few clear points when using these - if you end up on "thirteenthly" you're probably babbling!
  • Moving on... When you move on, try to refer back to your last point to make it clear
  • The reader can see from this that...
  • The author writes... because...
  • Also...
  • Therefore...
  • Significantly...
  • We can see from this that...
  • Next
  • This shows that...
  • Following this...
  • Then...
  • This then means that...
  • Penultimately... (the last point but one)
  • Later...
  • It can be noted/said that...

Conclusion

  • In summary
  • In conclusion
  • It is important to conclude with...
  • Weighing up the evidence, we can see that...
  • Finally...
  • Lastly...
  • The message conveyed is therefore...
  • In summary, we can see that...