Writing 101

It is an axiomatic fact that honing your English writing skills takes a lot of dedication, practice, and immense perseverance. You need to plan a meticulous strategy that involves a copious amount of reading (books, magazines, newspapers, blogs etc), learning collocations, acquainting yourself with common idioms and phrases, and most of all – regular feedback from friends, colleagues, and family members. To begin with, here is a writing cheatsheet that you should go through. It includes terms that will not only help you write better, but also assist you when you have to converse with people in English:

When you have to state your opinion  

  • According to me
  • I think
  • I believe
  • To my way of thinking
  • In my opinion
  • In my view
  • From my point of view
  • From my perspective
  • It appears that
  • I realize
  • I imagine
  • I suppose
  • I understand
  • I feel 

When you have to give an example

  • For example
  • Such as
  • That is
  • To illustrate
  • For instance
  • In other words
  • Like
  • Namely
  • To paraphrase

When you have to compare

  • Similar to
  • In common
  • Either…or
  • Neither…nor
  • Just as
  • Also
  • In the same way
  • At the same time
  • Similarly
  • Just like

When you have to contrast

  • However
  • On the contrary
  • Differ from
  • Although
  • Otherwise
  • Alternatively
  • But
  • On the other hand
  • Nevertheless
  • Though
  • Instead
  • Even though

When you have to generalize

  • Generally
  • Overall
  • In general
  • It seems to me that
  • All in all
  • Essentially
  • All things considered
  • Generally speaking
  • On the whole
  • By and large
  • I believe
  • Basically
  • As a rule
  • For the most part

When you have to express certainty

  • Certainly
  • Doubtless
  • Definitely
  • Undoubtedly
  • No doubt
  • Of course

When you have to express partial agreement

  • More or less
  • Up to a point
  • In a way
  • To some extent
  • Almost
  • As to speak

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