cohesive devices

These are words that help to link ideas expressed in clauses and sentences together.

Linking words although, however, even so, as a result, therefore, as long as etc.
Referring words it, they, them, those, this, the latter etc.

They allow sentences to link together smoothly and allow the writer to avoid sounding repetitive. Compare these sentences:

  • Many teenagers drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol is bad for teenagers. Parents do not do enough to stop teenagers drinking alcohol.
  • Many teenagers drink alcohol. Although this is bad for them, their parents do not do enough to stop them from doing it.

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