Practical Academic Tips Issue No. 6

Writing cohesively and coherently

The English dictionary shows that the word ‘cohesion’ comes from the Latin word cohaes, meaning ‘cleaved together’. To cleave means to hold, cling or adhere together. The word ‘coherence’ is similar in meaning to ‘cohesion’. Coherence comes from the Latin word cohaerent, which means ‘sticking together’. But, the parts that stick together have a logical relation to each other. Thus, cohesive and coherent writing implies a quality that allows your readers to understand you because your sentences ‘hold’ together logically and deliver your meaning unambiguously.

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