Writing a cohesive paragraph


A  cohesive paragraph means that your paragraph is fully developed  logically with clear progression of ideas and supporting details. Sentences are ordered in a way that’s very easy to understand and are linked with transitional phrases.

Have a look at the following paragraph that was taken from this sample Task 2 essay on suggesting measures/solutions.

 Another similar measure would be to build small government-funded remote office hubs or telecommuting centers in suburbs outside major cities. By leasing these out to corporations based in the nearby city, the government can facilitate and further promote telecommuting. What’s more, employees in even further rural areas can commute to the outlying remote office centers, thereby reducing their commute significantly. By having the option of leasing remote work space, which could also save on expensive city office space, private companies would be more likely to promote telecommuting.

Notice the logical order/sequence of sentences that develop the main idea:

  1. main idea of paragraph: a measure to build remote offices
  2. explaining a benefit of the previous sentence
  3. explaining another benefit to this idea
  4. a beneficial consequence of this measure

Notice the transitional/cohesive devices that are used (and in bold):

  • “Another” – introduced a second measure (it’s the second main body paragraph in the essay) , which is the main idea of this paragraph
  • “What’s more” – added more support to the main idea
  • “thereby” – showing a cause/effect relationship between two ideas within a sentence

The key to using cohesive devices is that you use them appropriately. Remember – don’t overuse them.

 For a useful list of transitional words/cohesive devices, see this post.

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