Clincher Sentence Starters For Essays

It can sometimes be difficult to start a sentence to express ideas, or find words to show the relationship between ideas. Below is a list of possible sentence starters, transitional and other words that may be useful.

To introduce

This essay discusses …

… is explored …

… is defined …

The definition of … will be given

… is briefly outlined …

… is explored …

The issue focused on ….

… is demonstrated ...

… is included …

In this essay …..

… is explained …

… are identified …

The key aspect discussed …

… are presented …

… is justified …

Views on …. range from ….

… is evaluated …

… is examined …

The central theme …

… is described …

… is analysed …

Emphasised are …

… is explained and illustrated with examples …

 

To conclude

In summary, …

To review, …

In conclusion, …

In brief, …

To summarise, …

To sum up, …

To conclude, …

Thus, …

Hence, …

It has been shown that, …

In short, …

 

To compare and contrast

Similarly, …

In the same way …

Likewise, …

In comparison …

Complementary to this …

Then again, …

However, …

This is in contrast to …

In contrast, …

And yet …

Nevertheless, …

Conversely, …

On the contrary, …

On the other hand, …

Notwithstanding …

Whereas …

In contrast to …

That aside, ...

While this is the case …

... disputes …

Despite this, ...

To add ideas

Also, …

Equally important ...

Subsequently, …

Futhermore, …

Moreover, …

As well as ....

Next…

Another essential point…

Additionally, ...

More importantly, …

In the same way …

Another ...

Then, …

In addition, …

Besides, ...

Then again, …

Firstly, ... secondly, ... thirdly, ... finally, ...

To elaborate, ...

To present uncommon or rare ideas

Seldom ...

Few ...

Not many ...

A few ...

... is uncommon

... is scarce ...

Rarely ...

... is rare ...

... is unusual ...

To present common or widespread ideas

Numerous ...

Many ...

More than ...

Several ...

Almost all ...

The majority ...

Most ...

Commonly ...

Significant ...

... is prevalent ...

... is usual ...

Usually ...

To present inconclusive ideas

Perhaps ...

... may be ...

... might be ...

There is limited evidence for ...

... is debated ...

... is possibly ...

... could ...

... may include ...

 

To give examples

For example, ...

... as can be seen in ...

... supports ...

An illustration of ...

... as demonstrated by ...

... is observed ...

Specifically, ...

... is shown ...

... exemplifies ...

Such as ...

As an example ...

To illustrate, ...

For instance, ...

 

 

To show relationships or outcome

Therefore ...

As a result ...

For that reason ...

Hence, ...

Otherwise, ...

Consequently, ...

The evidence suggests/shows ...

It can be seen that ...

With regard to ...

After examining ....

These factors contribute to ...

It is apparent that ...

Considering ... it can be concluded that ...

Subsequently, ....

The effect is ...

The outcome is ...

The result ...

The correlation ...

The relationship ...

The link ...

The convergence ...

The connection ...

... interacts with ...

Both ....

... affects ...

Thus it is ...

... causes ...

... influences ...

... predicts ...

... leads to ...

... informs ...

... presupposes

... emphasises

... demonstrates ...

... impacts on ...

... supports ...

To present prior or background ideas

In the past, ...

Historically, ...

Traditionally, ...

Customarily, ...

Beforehand, ...

Originally, ...

Prior to this, ...

Earlier, ...

Formerly, ...

Previously, ...

Over time, ...

At the time of ...

Conventionally, ...

Foundational to this is ...

In earlier ...

Initially, ...

At first, ...

Recently ...

Until now, ...

The traditional interpretation ...

 

To present others' ideas

According to …

Based on the findings of ... it can be argued...

… proposed that …

As explained by …

… states that …

… claims that …

However, ... stated that …

... suggested …

… concluded that …

Similarly, … stated that ….

… for example, …

… agreed that …

Based on the ideas of …

… defined …. as ….

… relates …

As identified by …

… disputed that …

… contrasts …

With regard to … argued that …

… concluded that …

… confirmed that …

... argues ….

… highlights …

… demonstrates …

… found that …

… identifies …

... wrote that …

… demonstrated …

… also …

… reported ….

… pointed out that …

… maintained that …

… hypothesised that …

… expressed the opinion that …

... also mentioned ….

... asserts that ….

… identified …

… goes on to state/suggest/say

… emphasises

… challenges the idea ….

… showed that …

… explored the idea …

 

Adapted from the following source

Manalo. E., Wont_Toi, G., & Bartlett-Trafford, J. (2009). The business of writing: Written communication skills for business students (3rd ed.). Auckland: Pearson Education New Zealand.

 

Updated August 22, 2012

A Clincher Sentence is a vital part of academic writing, while a clincher statement focuses on whatever questions and theories previously put forward. It is a comprehensive piece of writing that deals with a certain idea, where each clincher sentence should conclude with a clincher statement. Clincher sentences can sometimes also be stated as a fact, argument or situation that is either to make people agree or disagree with. In most instances it starts with a topic sentence that will explain what that paragraph is about, followed by some facts and arguments to support it and finally to complete it, a clincher sentence is added at the very end of each phrase. 

 

The Role of a Clincher Sentence:

To end an essay with flow a clincher sentence needs to be added and keeping the audience’s ideas in mind is really important. Another very important part to remember is that words and phrases need to not be restated and it should end with a topic that is understandable for the reader. Rather than being just some words thrown together to form a summary, there needs to be depth and meaning in each paragraph.

 

Forming a Clincher Sentence:

Start by beginning the last sentences with words like “to conclude” or “ultimately’’, right after these words the clincher sentence needs to have a topic statement, but it should be stated using a new word, which should enlarge the topic before ending the paragraph. Always keep in mind to carry out this task in a professional manner and make it clear to the reader the point you wish to get across without a trace of hesitation. The clincher sentence should always summarize what you have been writing about in the previous phrase.

 

The Introductory Paragraph:

Once you have completed writing your middle paragraphs, which creates the body of your essay and when you are happy with the argument you have put forward along with substantial information, you can then add your introduction. Below will detail how to begin, prepare and end your statement.

  • Make known the topic you have picked for your essay
  • Write a welcome that will get your readers attention
  • Prepare room for discussion on the topic
  • Carry forward the statement you prepared for your thesis
  • Get your reader ready for the thesis statement, along with your argument or case
  • Finish off with a thorough thesis statement

 

Tips for Preparing a Thesis:


Here is a quick list of things you should use to prepare a thesis:

  • Supply historical knowledge
  • Determine the present situation
  • Define the idea or term
  • State the boundaries of the essay
  • Put forward your assumptions
  • State the problem

 

To End your Clincher Sentence:


Here’s an overview about how to end your clincher sentence:

  • Start by stating the thesis
  • Mirror the first paragraph
  • Summarize the entire essay
  • Phrase your argument in a large scale but don not create new points
  • Leave your reader feeling excited and complete

Always keep in mind to add suspense to your Clincher Sentence by adding simple and easy to follow arguments and phrases. Let the reader feel suspense and anticipation plus a sense of fulfilment after having read your essay. To conclude make each clincher paragraph unique and add things that will make the topic stand out from the crowd.

 

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