Methods to Obtain Coherence in Writing

A paragraph can be cohesive, with ideas flowing smoothly from one sentence to the next, but still not coherent. For example, a writer may connect words or ideas between sentences, but change the subject with each new sentence. When writing is coherent, readers can make sense of paragraphs or passages because sentence ideas integrate into a unified whole with interrelated concepts. Coherent writing enables readers to easily recognize individual sentence topics and understand how they combine into a group of connected ideas. Readers feel more comfortable when sentence topics appear earlier in sentences, and when a sequence of sentences indicates the import of the entire paragraph or passage. Beginning sentences with familiar information in short and simple phrases, keeping topics consistent, and making obvious transitions between ideas will help produce cohesive and coherent writing.


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