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Be cohesive

Good academic writing flows. Each phrase or sentence is linked to those that come before and after.

Common linking words

All sentences in a paragraph need to relate to the main idea in the topic sentence. The reader should be able to see how each sentence flows from the previous one and how each is connected to the...

Main idea at the beginning

Where possible, put the main idea or key information at the start of the sentence to make it easier to comprehend.

Sentence fragments

What is a sentence fragment? A sentence fragment is missing some of its parts. There are three main reasons why a sentence may be incomplete.

Sentence length

Short and simple sentences

One of the ways to make your writing easier to read and understand is to use short and simple sentences.

Understanding paraphrasing

Understanding paraphrasing - why we do it and how you can do it too.

What is a sentence?

A sentence is a written expression of a complete thought. Some of the features of sentences are included here.

Writing sentences

Sentences provide us with the framework for the clear written expression of our ideas. In this tutorial