Sections[ edit ] Sections are an important tool to structure the answer of an essay. The longer the answer, the more important sections probably are.
Languages are tunnels that lead to the worlds of infinite knowledge so have fun with the English language! I literally vomitted gallons of blood in the process.
Shocked at the level of written English level of the local Hong Kong students, which makes me understand why the universities want more students from mainland China.
In the process of marking, I came across these very common adverbs, "firstly","secondly", "thirdly", and some not so common such as "fourthly", "fifthly" and "sixthly". Immediately, I can tell something does not sound right.
I have heard of "firstly" all the way up to "fourthly", but not "fifthly" and on. It just sounds strange phonetically to me, which is why I prefer to use "first", "second", "third", "fourth", "fifth", "sixth" and so on if I expect the sequence to be longer than 4.
But the real question is, can we really use "fifthly", "sixthly" or even higher?
And if we can, how popular are they as compared to the version without the suffix "-ly"? The reason is pretty simple, because you can use "first" or "first of all" instead of "firstly" to start the sequence. Another interesting observation is, although you will expect the counts to drop as you go down the list, the "secondly--thirdly" drop is Once it gets to "fifthly", the count drops way below triple digits at 37 per million words.
Is "fifthly", "sixthly" and so on used in British English? Similar case is observed for American English.
Last but not least, if you are wondering which punctuation marks should I use before I write "firstly", "secondly", "thirdly", etc. Finally, I give you the counts of "lastly" and "last but not least" "finally" is left out because it can appear in other non-sequential sentences.
Looking at both the results of "lastly" and "last but not least", we can say that in American English, "last but not least" is more common whereas "lastly" is more common in British English.
Summarizing the points, we get:Mar 20, · Re: Is there any alternative to "First, Secondly,thirdly "? Take for example the "Notices" statement above this window. "You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice .
The paragraph I wrote for last week's lesson (repeated below) is structured in the following way: 1.
Topic sentence 2. Firstly 3. Example 4. Secondly 5. Finally. I think this is a good way to organise a paragraph. However, it's best not to use the same structure twice in one essay. A few people have asked me whether using "firstly, secondly, finally" to organise a paragraph is too easy.
My answer is that using easy organising language like "firstly, secondly, finally" allows you to focus on the real content of what you are writing - topic vocabulary, collocations, examples.
I didn't say firstly, or secondly or thirdly. You can. If it means your essay is clearer, then always always err on the side of clarity and clean, convincing writing. Writing Better University Essays/Main part. From Wikibooks, open books for an open world first, firstly, second, secondly, thirdly, fourthly, now, then, next, finally, to complete, after that, 1, 2, 3, last or street language. Academic writing is formal writing, and you might be penalized for using the wrong register. A little bit of. The paragraph I wrote for last week's lesson (repeated below) is structured in the following way: 1. Topic sentence 2. Firstly 3. Example 4. Secondly 5. Finally. I think this is a good way to organise a paragraph. However, it's best not to use the same structure twice in one essay.
This . Many students believe that academic writing is wordy and convoluted, and uses a lot of jargon. This leads many students to fall into a trap of imagining that the longer the word, the more impressive and intelligent their writing will seem. Learn the definition of Firstly, secondly, thirdly, etc.
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