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Cohesion is something a paragraph has when its ideas are clearly linked.

Cohesion can be created through determiners and pronouns, which refer back to earlier words:

The teacher was looking forward to meeting her new class. She was also nervous.

The pronoun ‘she’ refers back to the teacher.


Cohesion can also be created through conjunctions and adverbs, which clarify the relationship between words:

My uncle smokes forty cigarettes a day. Consequently, his clothes smell.

The adverb ‘consequently’ tells us that the smell is a result of the smoking.

Remember, cohesion makes your writing easier to understand and gets your point across better.


Your Turn…

1. What is cohesion?
When we use glue
When ideas are clearly linked
When words have more than one meaning

2. Why is cohesion important?
So we have enough letters in a sentence
So we don’t become hungry
So ideas are clearly linked

3. How do we achieve cohesion?
Cohesive devices
By being really nice to people
By using lots of verbs

4. Which of the following can be used as cohesive devices?
Determiners and pronouns which refer to earlier words
Capital letters

5. Which of the following can be used as cohesive devices?
Full Stops
Conjunctions and adverbs, which clarify relationships with words

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