Reread the essay later to see if these words provide the glue you needed at those points.
Unless it is overworked and obtrusive, repetition lends itself to a sense of coherence (or at least to the illusion of coherence).
Remember Lincoln's advice: In fact, you can't forget Lincoln's advice, because it has become part of the music of our language.
Example: "We can probably finish this hike in less than two hours, as long as we stick to the marked trails and don't stop too often to rest." These connecting words and phrases demonstrate effects or results, and are sometimes used to denote consequences that occur after the fact (using time words like "after" and "then").
Example: "Kevin never changed the oil in his car - as a result, the engine seized and he had to pay $2000 to get it replaced." These transition phrases and words reinforce the concepts and ideas directly preceding them, or enable the reader to directly compare two preceding statements, ideas, or concepts.
Use the following words and phrases in the following circumstances.
Use these linking words and phrases when you want to indicate cause, intent, or condition.
Example: "Attention, passengers: At the present time, the subway is delayed because of a signal issue at the Ashmont station." Use these connecting words and phrases to summarize ideas and concepts, convey conclusions to readers, or restate particular ideas and concepts.
Example: "Generally speaking, commuting into the city usually takes me an hour, except on rainy or snowy days, when it can take as many as 3 hours to get to work." This group of linking words and phrases will help illustrate, add more information, and provide examples for readers.
Also, do not rely on unclear pronoun references to avoid responsibility: " say that . ." Music in prose is often the result of parallelism, the deliberate repetition of larger structures of phrases, even clauses and whole sentences.
We urge you to read the Guide's section on Parallelism and take the accompanying quiz on recognizing parallel form (and repairing sentences that ought to use parallel form but don't).