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  • Test yourself (6): “as a result” or “therefore”?
  • Select the transitional device that best matches the sentence. She could not sleep, and ____ she is tired today. Correct answer: Either can be used. Explanation: Either can be used to indicate a consequence. However, “therefore” can also be used to denote a logical thread of thought, and its placement in a sentence can be more varied. Tip for ESL writers: Many writers are tempted to place “Therefore” at the beginning of a sentence; however, these sentences often flow better if this word is used later on in the sentence, as in the example...
  • Test yourself (9): “overall” or “in summary”?
  • Select the transitional device that best matches the sentence. ____, the results showed that the new design is better than the old one, even though it underperformed in some of the tests. Correct answer: Overall Explanation: “Overall” is used to summarize all the results, and generally implies that not all of the data indicated the same thing. For example, the sentence “Overall, it was sunny today” implies that it was sunny most of the time, but not for the whole day. “In summary” is used to summarize the results, whether or not there are c...