Example: “Writer A asserts that this was the reason for what happened.Then again, it’s possible that he was being paid to say this.” Usage: This is used in the same way as “then again”.
To be truly brilliant, an essay needs to utilise the right language.
You could make a great point, but if it’s not intelligently articulated, you almost needn’t have bothered.
Example: “The historians are unanimous in telling us X, an agreement that suggests that this version of events must be an accurate account.
Having said that, the archaeology tells a different story.” Usage: Use “by contrast” or “in comparison” when you’re comparing and contrasting pieces of evidence.
Example: “Zoologists have long sought to understand how animals communicate with each other.
To that end, a new study has been launched that looks at elephant sounds and their possible meanings.” Students often make the mistake of using synonyms of “and” each time they want to add further information in support of a point they’re making, or to build an argument. Usage: Employ “moreover” at the start of a sentence to add extra information in support of a point you’re making.
Example: “Not only did Edmund Hillary have the honour of being the first to reach the summit of Everest, but he was also appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.” Usage: Used when considering two or more arguments at a time. Usage: “Not to mention” and “to say nothing of” can be used to add extra information with a bit of emphasis.
Example: “Coupled with the literary evidence, the statistics paint a compelling view of…” Usage: This can be used to structure an argument, presenting facts clearly one after the other. Example: “The war caused unprecedented suffering to millions of people, not to mention its impact on the country’s economy.” When you’re developing an argument, you will often need to present contrasting or opposing opinions or evidence – “it could show this, but it could also show this”, or “X says this, but Y disagrees”.
Example: “The evidence ostensibly appears to point to this conclusion.
That said, much of the evidence is unreliable at best.” Usage: Use this when you want to introduce a contrasting idea.