Cohesive devices are useful English language conjunctions, transitional phrases, synonyms and pronouns that express ideas in a cohesive manner. They are used to join sentences together to make ideas more understandable to the reader. Coordinating, subordinating and correlative conjunctions are the most used cohesive devices and are used to connect ideas for cohesive, readable text.Continue Reading
Coordinating conjunctions connect two independent clauses together. Words like "and," "for," "but," "or," "nor," "yet" and "so" are coordinating conjunctions. Subordinating conjunctions start a dependent clause and require a comma at the end of the adverbial phrase if it begins a sentence. Words like "although," "until," "after," "because," "rather than," "before," "while," "which," "that" and "whom" are subordinating conjunctions. Correlative conjunctions are used in pairs to express equality. For example, "either...or" is a correlative conjunction.
Transitional phrases such as "however," "yet," "therefore" and "moreover" cue the reader to the relationships between ideas. While synonyms focus the reader on the ideas throughout a paragraph and offer additional word choices so that the text is more interesting to the reader. For example, one sentence may use the word "myths," and another sentence may use the word "folklore" to resonate the purpose of the writing in the reader's mind. Pronouns such as "they," "he," "she," "it" and "these" are useful because they remind the reader of the focused topic, and allow the writer to refer back to a previously mentioned subject without being repetitive.Learn more about Writing
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