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In this step, we discuss the second strategy for maintaining flow in writing, known as the “This + summary word” technique. This approach aids in guiding readers through your text with ease. Summary words are essentially nouns that refer to a subject previously mentioned in the text, helping to maintain a smooth flow of information from old to new. The choice of a summary word can be challenging, as it needs to accurately represent the writer’s perspective and convey the intended meaning.

To illustrate the concept, consider the following example: “A recent national survey suggests that 26% of all American adults, down from 38% thirty years ago, now smoke.” Depending on the writer’s perspective, suitable summary words for the next sentence might be “this decline,” “this decrease,” or “this improvement.” Each choice reflects a different angle on the issue and guides the reader’s interpretation accordingly.

Summary words can also be phrases, offering more variety in writing while maintaining a connection between sentences and ideas. For example: “Global demands for electric vehicles are increasing. These newly demanded applications generally require high-power or high-energy storage systems such as LIBs.” Here, “newly demanded applications” refers to “electric vehicles” from the previous sentence.

Selecting the most appropriate summary word or phrase is essential for effectively conveying your intentions. Consider the nuances of meaning between similar words like “state,” “condition,” and “circumstances,” and choose the one that best fits the context. Practice and reflection on this strategy will help refine your writing skills and enhance the flow of your work.

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