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Important Words to Use in Essay Writing

Published on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

General Explaining

In order to

Usage: “In order to” can be used to introduce an explanation for the purpose of an argument.
Example: “In order to eliminate the gender gap, the government has launched many initiatives.

In other words

Usage: Use “in other words” when you want to express something in a different way (more simply), to make it easier to understand, or to emphasize or expand on a point.
Example: Global warming may lead to hazardous consequences. In other words, the earth is in a grave danger.

To put it another way

Usage: This phrase is another way of saying “in other words”, and can be used in particularly complex points, when you feel that an alternative way of wording a problem may help the reader achieve a better understanding of its significance.
Example: Stringent policies are necessary to deal with carbon emission. To put it in another way, countries must switch to electric vehicles.


Usage: Employ “moreover” at the start of a sentence to add extra information in support of a point you’re making.
Example: Moreover, the citizens must take responsibility to contribute in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan


Usage: This is also generally used at the start of a sentence, to add extra information.
Example: “Furthermore,  the studies show that depleting natural resources may invite frequent natural calamities. 


Usage: Use “likewise” when you want to talk about something that agrees with what you’ve just mentioned.
Example: When the new beverage law is enacted, liquor stores will be under intense scrutiny, and likewise, bars will feel the pressure.


Usage: Use “similarly” in the same way as “likewise”.
Example: Similarly, the acts of of being overweight, smoking, and drinking too much alcohol also contribute to a person’s risk of heart disease

As well as

Usage: Use “as well as” instead of “also” or “and”.
Example: “Scholar A argued that this was due to X, as well as Y.”

Not only… but also

Usage: This wording is used to add an extra piece of information, often something that’s in some way more surprising or unexpected than the first piece of information.
Example: “Not only did Edmund Hillary have the honour of being the first to reach the summit of Everest, but he was also appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.”

Phrases for Demonstrating Contrast


Usage: Use “however” to introduce a point that disagrees with what you’ve just said.
Example: In February the sales of Christmas decorations are low; however, this figure rises tremendously in November.

On the other hand

Usage: Usage of this phrase includes introducing a contrasting interpretation of the same piece of evidence, a different piece of evidence that suggests something else, or an opposing opinion.
Example:  The annexure 23 of the report, on the other hand, indicates a number of very basic manufacturing industries wherein economic power is highly concentrated.

Giving Examples

For instance

Example: “Some birds migrate to avoid harsher winter climates. Swallows, for instance, leave the UK in early winter and fly south…”

To give an illustration/To Illustrate

Example: “To give an illustration, 

Signifying Importance


Usage: Used to introduce a point that is loaded with meaning that might not be immediately apparent.
Example: “Significantly, the scheme will help to improve the quality of life of women.


Usage: This can be used to mean “significantly” (as above), and it can also be used interchangeably with “in particular” 
Example: “The number of Below Poverty Line families has notably decreased since last census. 


Usage: Use “importantly” interchangeably with “significantly”.
Example: “Importantly,  the minister announced to provide financial aid for the construction of the animal shelter.”


In conclusion

Usage: Typically used to introduce the concluding paragraph or sentence of an essay, summarising what you’ve discussed in a broad overview.
Example: “In conclusion, the reports highlight the main problems faced by the students to get admission in top-colleges

To conclude

Example: To conclude,  the state governments must encourage the individuals to contribute to the greater cause by honestly paying the taxes. 

Above all

Usage: Used to signify what you believe to be the most significant point and the main takeaway from the essay.
Example: “Above all, it seems pertinent to remember that…”
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