How Do You Show Cause and Effect?
Cause: source, root, origin, or beginning
Effect: result, consequence, or outcome
Many writing assignments will ask you to explain the cause and effect relationships between different events. For example, you might be asked to explain the consequences of a political policy...cause and effect! Maybe your professor or boss will ask you to explain mistakes you made in a project and their impact on the final result.... cause and effect! As you can see, cause and effect reappears again and again in conversations. So, how do you show cause and effect in your writing or speech? The answer…. transition words!
Here are a few of the most common transition words for cause and effect:
For cause: Because, since, as, because of (+ noun)
For effect: Therefore, consequently, as a result, so
Transition words are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence, followed by a comma. See if you can use some of the words listed above to answer these questions.
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