Paragraph unity — sentence connectors

All sentences need to relate to the main idea / topic sentence in the paragraph. The reader should be able to see how each sentence flows from the previous one and how each is connected to the topic sentence. Sentence connectors weave sentences together to create a cohesive paragraph. They order and sequence ideas, theory, data etc. The following tables list useful connectors.

Useful sentence connectors

Logical order

  • firstly, secondly, thirdly etc
  • next, last, finally
  • in addition
  • furthermore
  • also
  • at present / presently

Order of importance

  • more importantly
  • most significantly
  • above all
  • primarily

Contrast

  • however
  • on the other hand
  • on the contrary
  • by (in) comparison
  • in contrast

Comparison

  • similarily
  • likewise
  • also
  • too

Useful connectors within paragraphs

Comparison

  • like
  • and
  • both
  • alike
  • similar (to)
  • the same (as)
  • Not only
  • compared to
  • in comparison to
  • so...that

 

Contrast

  • although
  • though
  • while
  • even though
  • whereas
  • yet
  • but
  • more than
  • different / differ from
  • unlike

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Cohesion

 

 

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