Perhaps you are writing an essay or are preparing a speech and finding it a bit difficult to end.
Is there is a different way to end a speech or essay without saying the always common “in conclusion”?
The answer is yes!
In this post, we are going to look at some good alternatives to this common phrase so that whether you are writing an essay or doing a presentation, your piece will sound sharp.
13 Alternative Ways To Say In Conclusion
Here is a quick preview of some of the alternatives that can be used instead of “In Conclusion”.
- to sum up
- in a nutshell
- to put it simply
- all in all
- in summary
- for these reasons
- to wrap it all up
- considering all these things
- in review
- to conclude
- in short
- as you can see
- to put it all together
To Sum Up
“To sum up” is a great way to end an oral presentation because it tells the audience that the speech is coming to a close. It is not as commonly used in essays because the reader can see that the end is near.
One of the best ways to use it is to simply state the main purpose of your speech or writing and then follow it up by briefly highlighting your main points.
Example: To sum up, I believe cats make great pets because they are quiet, clean and best of all, easy to care for and to please.
In A Nutshell,
“In a nutshell” is an interesting expression we use quite often to convey the idea of summarizing a topic into just a few words. Remember what is said last in often remembered first.
For this reason, it is also a great way to end your talk or essay.
Keep in mind, however, that when you say this phrase you are conveying the idea that you are going to be summarizing the main points in a few words. So keep it short.
Example: In a nutshell, cats make great pets because they are easy to please.
To put it simply
Generally, we used this phrase when we want to explain a very difficult topic in just a sentence or two.
To put it simply, global warming is a problem, so in order to reverse it, we need to act now.
All in All
“All in all” means that we have taken the time to consider all of the possibilities (or reasons) and we want to make a conclusion based on what we have learned.
For that reason, this is a great phrase to use when writing an essay or giving a speech with a lot of facts, examples or experiences.
Example: All in all, I can say from my personal experience and the facts mentioned earlier that cats are great to have around the house.
“In summary” is a great way to end any speech or essay.
It implies that you are going to summarize the main points from the essay or speech.
Example: In summary, cats are clean, quiet and easy to care for, thus they make a great pet for just about anyone.
For These Reasons…
“For these reasons” can be used after you have given some solid proof of the point you are trying to make.
After making this statement, you can make the main point or share your opinion.
Example: For these reasons, I think cats are a great pet and I would recommend that you get a cat.
To Wrap It All Up…
“To wrap it all up” is a good phrase to use when you have presented a number of different examples and now you want to connect them all together to form a single (or a few) sentences.
Example: To wrap it all up, we can conclude that cats make a great pet.
Considering all these things…
If you are writing an essay or giving a speech in which you have to present a lot of facts or examples, “considering all these things” might be a great alternative to “in conclusion”.
This statement means after taking into consideration all the aforementioned facts, you are now going to draw a conclusion or come to a final thought.
Example: Considering all these things, it is clear that global warming is a serious threat to human existence and if we don’t act now, it could change our future forever.
“In review” gives the audience the idea that you are going to briefly review or highlight the main points that have been discussed.
Example: In review, global warming is real. If we don’t do something about it soon, it will change the earth forever.
Probably one of the easiest ways to wrap up your presentation is to state: “to conclude” followed by a brief summary of the main points that you want the audience to remember.
Example: To conclude, as you can see, global warming is more serious than previously thought. For that reason, it is important that we act now.
“In short” is another transition to tell the audience that the presentation is coming to a close.
It means that you are going to summarize the talk into a few main points or sentences. So keep it short or else you will lose your audience.
Example: In short, cats make great pets because they are easy to care for, quiet and clean.
As you can see,
Another great transition is “as you can see”. Once again, this is best used when presenting a number of different facts or examples.
After citing some examples to wrap it all up and help the audience to see the main point, you can end it by saying “as you can see” and then state the main points from the discussion.
Examples: As you can see from what was presented today, cats are great pets and they would make any pet lover happy.
To put it all together
To signal that it is time for the speech to come to an end, you might want to use the phrase, “to put it all together”.
This means that you have shown the audience a number of different facts and together they all lead to one simple truth (your main point).
Example: To put it all together, global warming is a real problem and we need to act fast to protect future generations.
There you have it! 13 of my favorite alternatives for the phrase “in conclusion”. Did we miss one? If so please share your thoughts in the comments below.