Cause and Effect Essay
In a cause and effect essay, you examine the relationships between how certain events bring about or lead to other events. For instance, if you’re looking at the causes of U.S. involvement in World War II, you’d write about the immediate cause (the bombing of Pearl Harbor) as well as causes that had been building up for some time (growing hostilities between the United States and Germany and the United States and Japan, increasing bonds between the United States and the Allies, and so on).
Be sure that there is actually a relationship between your suggested cause and effect. For instance, suppose you buy a new car and then two days later the dealership lowers the price on the model you bought. The dealership’s sale had nothing to do with your previous purchase of the car, so there was no cause and effect relationship.
The following transition words and phrases can come in handy when writing a cause and effect essay: accordingly, as a consequence, as a result, because, for this purpose, consequently, for that reason, hence, in order that, so, so that, then, therefore, thereupon, to do this, thus, with this in mind, to this end, and with this objective.
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