organising opening closing phrases

In the English Grammar Profile, B2 point 8 in the category of  DISCOURSE MARKERS in writing is defined as a:

range of phrases as discourse markers to open and close texts and point to conclusions, often in formal contexts.

From the examples in the EGP searched in iWeb:

In the English Vocabulary Profile:

‘to begin with’ is

B1 ‘at the start of a situation’ or

B2 ‘used to give the first important reason for something’

The most common collocates up to 4 spaces to the right:


In summary, the officers appeared to ignore the project.


In conclusion, the human race is godless.

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