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Put the paragraphs into the correct order
- Read all the paragraphs before deciding on the correct order.
Look for linking words and discourse markers that express:
- the same idea: too, also, furthermore, in addition, what’s more, etc.
- a different idea: however, but, nevertheless, on the other hand, then again, while, whereas, etc.
- reason and result: so, as a result, consequently, for this reason, since, as, because of this, due to, etc.
- sequence or order: firstly, first of all, initially, then, secondly, finally, eventually, in the end, etc.
Look for connections between paragraphs. Reference words link backwards to things earlier in the text or forwards to things later in the text. Pronouns are typical reference words, for example:
- personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, they)
- possessive pronouns (my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its, our, ours, their, theirs)
- demonstrative pronouns (this, that, these, those)