How can I improve my essay terminology?

Varying your essay terminology is one of the simplest ways of upgrading yours essays from GCSE to an A grade A-level standard. Eloquent phrases for introducing new points, comparison or for linking ideas can really help to structure your essay. They might even dazzle your examiner into believing your essay is mature and sophisticated, regardless of content…

…gone are the days of pero, sin embargo y porque!

Below are some useful phrases.

The first sentence

Voy a discutir acerca del tema de…

Voy a hablar sobre…

Voy a discutir…

Introducing your opening argument

Para empezar

Al principio

En primer lugar

Introducing new themes and arguments

Para continuar

Para ilustrar

Concluding the essay

Por fin – in short


Para concluir

En conclusion

Para terminar

En resumen – in summary

Presenting an argument

Por un lado… - on one hand

Por otro lado… - on the other hand

En cambio – in contrast

Por otra parte

Hay que tomar en cuenta – you have to take into account

Because/ as a result of

A causa de

Como consecuencia de

Debido a


Como resultado

Connectives and conjunctions



Sin embargo

A pesar de – in spite of

Así que – so


Sino que – but (triggers subjunctive)

Common subjunctive triggers

Es probable que

Es necesario que

No creo que

Dudo que

Aconsejo que – I advise that

Espero que

Quiero que

Presenting opinion (no subjunctive)

Creo que

Pienso que

Opino que

En mi opinión

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