Argumentative Essay Vocabulary

Usage: transition words are used with a special rule for punctuation: a semicolon or a period is used after the first 'sentence', and a comma is almost always used to set off the transition word from the second 'sentence'.

Use a semicolon to connect sentences, only if the group of words on either side of the semicolon is a complete sentence each (both must have a subject and a verb, and could thus stand alone as a complete thought).

Transition words and phrases are vital devices for essays, papers or other literary compositions.

They improve the connections and transitions between sentences and paragraphs.

In addition to general statements and thesis statement which all good essay introductions contain, the position of the writer will often be stated, along with relevant definitions.

The main body will examine arguments for (in one or more paragraphs) and arguments against (also in one or more paragraphs).

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. but also as a matter of fact in like manner in addition coupled with in the same fashion / way first, second, third in the light of not to mention to say nothing of equally important by the same token although this may be true in contrast different from of course ..., but on the other hand on the contrary at the same time in spite of even so / though be that as it may then again above all in reality after all in the event that granted (that) as / so long as on (the) condition (that) for the purpose of with this intention with this in mind in the hope that to the end that for fear that in order to seeing / being that in view of in other words to put it differently for one thing as an illustration in this case for this reason to put it another way that is to say with attention to by all means important to realize another key point first thing to remember most compelling evidence must be remembered point often overlooked to point out on the positive side on the negative side with this in mind These transition words and phrases conclude, summarize and / or restate ideas, or indicate a final general statement.

As a "part of speech" transition words are used to link words, phrases or sentences.

They help the reader to progress from one idea (expressed by the author) to the next idea.

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