Grammar: Discourse Markers

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What are Discourse Markers in English Grammar?

Discourse markers in English grammar are words or phrases used to manage the flow and structure of discourse. They help organize speech or writing, indicating relationships between ideas, such as contrast, addition, cause, and effect, or sequential order. Discourse markers make communication more coherent and easier to follow by signaling how one part of the discourse relates to another.

Common discourse markers include words and phrases like "however," "therefore," "on the other hand," "in addition," "for example," and "first of all." For instance, "however" signals a contrast to the previous statement, while "therefore" indicates a conclusion or result. Using discourse markers effectively helps speakers and writers clarify their message, connect ideas smoothly, and guide the audience through their argument or narrative.

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