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    Ways to end an essay

    Hello to all,

    imagine you have written a formal essay and in the last paragraph you want to put a phrase at the beginning of your conclusion.

    Is it okay to use "all in all" ?

    All in all, I think the technological advancements have made our lives better....

    I already found these:

    In conclusion,
    By way of conclusion,
    To sum up,

    What are some similar situations that can be used in formal writing?

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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Hello to all,

    imagine you have written a formal essay and in the last paragraph you want to put a phrase at the beginning of your conclusion.

    Is it okay to use "all in all" ?

    All in all, I think the technological advancements have made our lives better....

    I already found these:

    In conclusion,
    By way of conclusion,
    To sum up,

    What are some similar expressions that can be used in formal writing?
    They are all fine, but none of the writers whose work I read regularly use any such expressions.

    It's always a good idea to read more stuff than you write.
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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    They are all fine, but none of the writers whose work I read regularly use any such expressions.

    It's always a good idea to read more stuff than you write.

    So "all in all" is not just for speaking? It can be used in a formal writing?

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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    So "all in all" is not just for speaking? It can be used in a formal writing?
    I suppose.

    Do you want to write an essay?
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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    So "all in all" is not just for speaking? It can be used in a formal writing?
    I wouldn't use it. I would use one of the alternatives you gave.

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    Re: Ways to end an essay

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    I wouldn't use it. I would use one of the alternatives you gave.

    Why? Is it informal or spoken language?

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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    Bob: How should I end an essay?
    Tom: Write the conclusion (the last paragraph). Then stop.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Oct-2019 at 19:57. Reason: Fixed typo
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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    all in all is fine here. It's actually much better than the others you've mentioned.

    As a teacher, I'd strongly advise you to be cautious when presenting to your students a set of apparently synonymous discourse markers. They are not all used in identical ways.

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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    I've used "On the whole", "In summary" and "By and large" apart from the ones you've listed.

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    Re: Ways to end an essay

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    I've used "On the whole", "In summary" and "By and large" apart from the ones you've listed.
    In summary can be used if you do actually intend to follow with a summary but it does not work in the example sentence given here, which is not a summary. The other two are okay in this context but would not work in other contexts.

    Again, I'll say that the best phrase to use to open a concluding paragraph depends on what you want to say. You cannot simply memorise a list of synonymous and interchangeable phrases.

    Could you please make it clear that you are not a teacher.

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