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Creating cohesion

Luke Pearce explains how the text uses both lexical and grammatical cohesion to progress in a logical fashion and to make sense to the reader.

As we have seen cohesion is created via both lexical and grammatical cohesion.

In the article, lexical cohesion is created through the use of words we would typically expect in an article on the subject of life in a rural village during lockdown:

village, butcher’s, greengrocer’s, hub, pandemic, local, residents, community…

Grammatical cohesion is created by ordering sentences in a logical way. In this extract, the text is ordered in time. The grammatical language is used to shift between the past, present and future. This is achieved by employing verbs, conjunctions, adverbs and preposition phrases.

Past: was once, was destined, last year

Present: now, during, in just six weeks

Future: could reopen

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