There will be a number of arguments in a piece of discursive writing. Using linking words effectively can help you achieve this. These words are usually used at the beginning of a new paragraph, but they can also be used to link ideas within a paragraph.
|Type of link||Example|
|Same line of thought||furthermore, likewise, in addition, similarly, also, moreover - numbering your points (‘firstly’, ‘secondly’, etc) is a rather mechanical method of linking and is best avoided|
|Conclusion or summary||thus, therefore, consequently, accordingly, in retrospect, hence, in conclusion, in brief, as a result|
|Definite statement||without question, without doubt, unquestionably, absolutely|
|Contrasting idea||yet, on the other hand, nevertheless, however, although, conversely, otherwise, on the contrary|
|Further examples||because, for instance, since, for example, so that, despite the fact that, accordingly, although, if, though, unless|