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‘Turning now to…’

It’s always good to lead the reader through your well-organised paragraphs in order to show that you are totally in control.

There are a number of expressions to help you do this (and of course you only need 2 or possibly 3, depending on the task).

If you struggle to meet the word count, choose the longest options!

Please let me know if you find any that I’ve missed.

First paragraphs (after the Introduction)

  • Looking first of all at…
  • Let us start with …
  • Let us start by examining/ looking at …
  • If we look first at…we can see that…
  • What immediately stands out is that…
  • What is immediately noticeable is that…
  • A quick glance at the first chart reveals…
  • At first glance, it can be seen that …
  • To begin with, we can see that…
  • According to the first (chart)…

All of these can be followed by either

1) a reference to the chart/graph/table that you are analysing

or

2) a reference to the particular aspect that you are analysing e.g. If we look first at the number of/percentage of/proportion of/expenditure on/forecasts for/the figures for etc, we can see that there was a significant increase.

Common mistakes

*’As it can be seen in the graph’ = ‘As can be seen from the graph,’

*’As it is clear from the graph’ = ‘As is clear from the graph,’

Following paragraph(s)

  • Let us look now at…
  • Looking more closely at …
  • Turning now to…
  • As for…
  • As regards…
  • Regarding…
  • When it comes to…
  • When we look at…
  • Further analysis of ________ reveals that…

All of these can be followed by either

1) a reference to the chart/graph/table that you are analysing

or

2) a reference to the particular aspect that you are analysing e.g. Turning now to the number of/percentage of/proportion of/expenditure on/forecasts for/the figures for etc, we can see that there was a significant increase.

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