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Persuasive Writing: Signal Words

TRANSITIONAL PHRASES

INTRODUCTORY PHRASES







In my opinion

I believe

It is my belief that


There is no doubt that

From my point of view

It seems to me that


I question whether

I (dis) agree with

I maintain that


CONCLUDING PHRASES







For the reasons above

As you can see

As I have noted

In other words

On the whole


In short

To be sure

Without a doubt

Obviously

Unquestionably


In brief

Undoubtedly

In any case

Summarizing

In any event


SUPPORTING OPINIONS







First Furthermore

Second In addition

Third Also

Finally Last



Equally important

In the first place

Likewise


Besides Further

Next Again

Moreover Similarly


INTRODUCING DETAILS







For example

In fact


For instance

As evidence



In support of this

CAUSE AND EFFECT







Since

Because of

Due to

For this reason



Therefore

If…then


Caused by

This results in

Consequently

Accordingly

As a result of

Leads to


In effect

Brought about

Made possible

As might be expected

Give rise to

Was responsible for



COMPARE AND CONTRAST







Similarly

Compared to

In like manner

On the other hand

Although

Even though



Likewise

In the same way

Contrasting

On the contrary

As opposed to

Rather than

Nevertheless


As well as

Have in common

All are

The same as



Conversely

Whether of not

In spite of


COUNTERING







I realize you

I understand you

Even though you

Although you

Some people

It may be that you

Your idea to ____ deserves some merit


Believe

Feel


Maintain

Want


Favour

Support


Argue

State


But

Yet


However

I doubt


I question

Let me explain

On the other hand

Nevertheless



TRANSITIONS
When you want to start an example or illustration:
She loves fine clothes. For example, her prom dress cost nearly two hundred dollars.
Jim sometimes becomes bored easily. For instance, I remember something that happened last summer.
When you want to contrast one thing with another:
Mary is one of my best friends. However, she sometimes makes me angry by being late.
Jack is a good swimmer. Even so, he has never won a trophy,
I saw her once when I felt awful. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time.
When you want to add another idea:
Tom is crazy about his motorcycle. Furthermore, he does all the maintenance on it himself.
Mr. Johnston is an excellent teacher. Moreover, he is very popular with his students.
Everybody likes Lou. In addition, he seems to like everyone he meets.
When you want to show that one thing causes another:
Sam isn't very organized. Consequently, he sometimes doesn't seem to know what he is doing.
One time he forgot his wife's birthday. As a result, she was very angry.
Al jogs three miles a day. Therefore, he is in good shape. .
When you want to summarize or generalize:
That really bothered me. But on the whole, he is a pretty good guy.
He is sensitive, warm, and considerate. In short, I love him.

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