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I'm gonna be honest with you, I couldn't start writing this article for like 20 minutes. I knew what I wanted to write about, I had a plan for it, but I just didn't know how to start my first sentence. Is that a familiar feeling to you? Do you often get stuck when writing an essay? Well, that shouldn't be a problem anymore since I've got a list of sentence starters for you.

Unlike me, you can't just start your paper with such a confession. However, using some good sentence starters for essays will help you to get your thoughts on paper (or screen) much faster. Consider them a hook that will fish the whole sentences out of your head.

Introduction Sentence Starters

Different words and phrases can be used in different parts of an essay. In fact, some of them can often be used only in those specific parts. So, while these introduction sentence starters for essays will help you write the first paragraph, they will not serve as concluding sentence starters (you'll find those further below).

  • This essay discusses...
  • In this essaya|
  • The definition of...
  • Views on... range from...
  • The subject of discussiona|
  • The key aspect discussed...
  • (The subject) is defined/examined/explored/justified...

Paragraph Starters

The body paragraph starters are the most numerous group, and that's not surprising. In its turn, it's subdivided into smaller groups, based on the purposes of different phrases.

And it's more convenient than having a long list of sentence starters for essays. You know what you want to say in the next part of your essay, you already have previous sentences, so all you have to do is identify the purpose and choose the sentence starter that will fit the best.

Expressing a Viewpoint

Some essays welcome you to express your opinion, others are based on it and require you to do that throughout the whole paper. Use this list to have different ways to share your position without starting sentences, in the same way, each time.

  • According to my point of view, ...
  • My position is that...
  • In my view, ...
  • As I see it, ...
  • To me, ...
  • I think that...
  • I believe that...
  • In my opinion, ...
  • It seems to me that...
  • My stance is that...
  • My attitude is that...

Comparison and Contrast

Quite obviously, this is an indispensable list for writing a compare and contrast essay. However, it may come in handy in many other cases as well.

  • Similarly, ...
  • In comparison, ...
  • In the same way/manner, ...
  • Likewise, ...
  • Just like (before), ...
  • Complementary to this...
  • In contrast, ...
  • On the contrary, ...
  • This is in contrast to...
  • On the other hand, ...
  • Whereas...
  • However, ...
  • Nevertheless, ...
  • Notwithstanding...
  • Despite this, ...