40 Useful Words and Phrases for Top-Notch Essays

25 August, 2014

Image shows someone writing with a fountain pen, in black and white.The secret to a successful essay doesn’t just lie in the clever things you talk about and the way you structure your points.

To be truly brilliant, an essay needs to utilise the right language. You could make a great point, but if it’s not intelligently articulated, you almost needn’t have bothered. Developing the language skills to build an argument and to write persuasively is crucial if you’re to write outstanding essays every time. In this article, we’re going to equip you with the words and phrases you need to write a top-notch essay, along with examples of how to utilise them. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, and there will often be other ways of using the words and phrases we describe that we won’t have room to include, but there should be more than enough below to help you make an instant improvement to your essay-writing skills – whether you’re a native English speaker or taking your first steps into writing essays in English.

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General explaining

Let’s start by looking at language for general explanations of complex points.

1. In order to

Usage: “In order to” can be used to introduce an explanation for the purpose of an argument.

Example: “In order to understand X, we need first to understand Y.”

2. In other words

Usage: Use “in other words” when you want to express something in a different way (more simply), to make it easier to understand, or to emphasise or expand on a point.

Example: “Frogs are amphibians. In other words, they live on the land and in the water.”

3. To put it another way

Usage: This phrase is another way of saying “in other words”, and can be used in particularly complex points, when you feel that an alternative way of wording a problem may help the reader achieve a better understanding of its significance.

Example: “Plants rely on photosynthesis. To put it another way, they will die without the sun.”

4. That is to say

Usage: “That is” and “that is to say” can be used to add further detail to your explanation, or to be more precise.

Example: “Whales are mammals. That is to say, they must breathe air.”

5. To that end

Usage: Use “to that end” or “to this end” in a similar way to “in order to” or “so”.

Example: “Zoologists have long sought to understand how animals communicate with each other. To that end, a new study has been launched that looks at elephant sounds and their possible meanings.”

Image shows a woman writing by a tree.Adding additional information to support a point

Students often make the mistake of using synonyms of “and” each time they want to add further information in support of a point they’re making, or to build an argument. Here are some cleverer ways of doing this.

6. Moreover

Usage: Employ “moreover” at the start of a sentence to add extra information in support of a point you’re making.

Example: “Moreover, the results of a recent piece of research provide compelling evidence in support of…”

7. Furthermore

Usage:This is also generally used at the start of a sentence, to add extra information.

Example: “Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that…”

8. What’s more

Usage: This is used in the same way as “moreover” and “furthermore”.

Example: “What’s more, this isn’t the only evidence that supports this hypothesis.”

9. Likewise

Usage: Use “likewise” when you want to talk about something that agrees with what you’ve just mentioned.

Example: “Scholar A believes X. Likewise, Scholar B argues compellingly in favour of this point of view.”

10. Similarly

Usage: Use “similarly” in the same way as “likewise”.

Example: “Audiences at the time reacted with shock to Beethoven’s new work, because it was very different to what they were used to. Similarly, we have a tendency to react with surprise to the unfamiliar.”

11. Another key thing to remember

Usage: Use the phrase “another key point to remember” or “another key fact to remember” to introduce additional facts without using the word “also”.

Example: “As a Romantic, Blake was a proponent of a closer relationship between humans and nature. Another key point to remember is that Blake was writing during the Industrial Revolution, which had a major impact on the world around him.”

12. As well as

Usage: Use “as well as” instead of “also” or “and”.

Example: “Scholar A argued that this was due to X, as well as Y.”

13. Not only… but also

Usage: This wording is used to add an extra piece of information, often something that’s in some way more surprising or unexpected than the first piece of information.

Example: “Not only did Edmund Hillary have the honour of being the first to reach the summit of Everest, but he was also appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.”

14. Coupled with

Usage: Used when considering two or more arguments at a time.

Example: “Coupled with the literary evidence, the statistics paint a compelling view of…”

15. Firstly, secondly, thirdly…

Usage: This can be used to structure an argument, presenting facts clearly one after the other.

Example: “There are many points in support of this view. Firstly, X. Secondly, Y. And thirdly, Z.

16. Not to mention/to say nothing of

Usage: “Not to mention” and “to say nothing of” can be used to add extra information with a bit of emphasis.

Example: “The war caused unprecedented suffering to millions of people, not to mention its impact on the country’s economy.”

Image shows a pen resting on a notebook.Words and phrases for demonstrating contrast

When you’re developing an argument, you will often need to present contrasting or opposing opinions or evidence – “it could show this, but it could also show this”, or “X says this, but Y disagrees”. This section covers words you can use instead of the “but” in these examples, to make your writing sound more intelligent and interesting.

17. However

Usage: Use “however” to introduce a point that disagrees with what you’ve just said.

Example: “Scholar A thinks this. However, Scholar B reached a different conclusion.”

18. On the other hand

Usage: Usage of this phrase includes introducing a contrasting interpretation of the same piece of evidence, a different piece of evidence that suggests something else, or an opposing opinion.

Example: “The historical evidence appears to suggest a clear-cut situation. On the other hand, the archaeological evidence presents a somewhat less straightforward picture of what happened that day.”

19. Having said that

Usage: Used in a similar manner to “on the other hand” or “but”.

Example: “The historians are unanimous in telling us X, an agreement that suggests that this version of events must be an accurate account. Having said that, the archaeology tells a different story.”

20. By contrast/in comparison

Usage: Use “by contrast” or “in comparison” when you’re comparing and contrasting pieces of evidence.

Example: “Scholar A’s opinion, then, is based on insufficient evidence. By contrast, Scholar B’s opinion seems more plausible.”

21. Then again

Usage: Use this to cast doubt on an assertion.

Example: “Writer A asserts that this was the reason for what happened. Then again, it’s possible that he was being paid to say this.”

22. That said

Usage: This is used in the same way as “then again”.

Example: “The evidence ostensibly appears to point to this conclusion. That said, much of the evidence is unreliable at best.”

23. Yet

Usage: Use this when you want to introduce a contrasting idea.

Example: “Much of scholarship has focused on this evidence. Yet not everyone agrees that this is the most important aspect of the situation.”

Image shows a black fountain pen with a flower next to it.Adding a proviso or acknowledging reservations

Sometimes, you may need to acknowledge a shortfalling in a piece of evidence, or add a proviso. Here are some ways of doing so.

24. Despite this

Usage: Use “despite this” or “in spite of this” when you want to outline a point that stands regardless of a shortfalling in the evidence.

Example: “The sample size was small, but the results were important despite this.”

25. With this in mind

Usage: Use this when you want your reader to consider a point in the knowledge of something else.

Example: “We’ve seen that the methods used in the 19th century study did not always live up to the rigorous standards expected in scientific research today, which makes it difficult to draw definite conclusions. With this in mind, let’s look at a more recent study to see how the results compare.”

26. Provided that

Usage: This means “on condition that”. You can also say “providing that” or just “providing” to mean the same thing.

Example: “We may use this as evidence to support our argument, provided that we bear in mind the limitations of the methods used to obtain it.”

27. In view of/in light of

Usage: These phrases are used when something has shed light on something else.

Example: “In light of the evidence from the 2013 study, we have a better understanding of…”

28. Nonetheless

Usage: This is similar to “despite this”.

Example: “The study had its limitations, but it was nonetheless groundbreaking for its day.”

29. Nevertheless

Usage: This is the same as “nonetheless”.

Example: “The study was flawed, but it was important nevertheless.”

30. Notwithstanding

Usage: This is another way of saying “nonetheless”.

Example: “Notwithstanding the limitations of the methodology used, it was an important study in the development of how we view the workings of the human mind.”

Image shows a young woman sitting in a window writing and chewing the top of her pen. Giving examples

Good essays always back up points with examples, but it’s going to get boring if you use the expression “for example” every time. Here are a couple of other ways of saying the same thing.

31. For instance

Example: “Some birds migrate to avoid harsher winter climates. Swallows, for instance, leave the UK in early winter and fly south…”

32. To give an illustration

Example: “To give an illustration of what I mean, let’s look at the case of…”

Image shows a red notebook.Signifying importance

When you want to demonstrate that a point is particularly important, there are several ways of highlighting it as such.

33. Significantly

Usage: Used to introduce a point that is loaded with meaning that might not be immediately apparent.

Example: “Significantly, Tacitus omits to tell us the kind of gossip prevalent in Suetonius’ accounts of the same period.”

34. Notably

Usage: This can be used to mean “significantly” (as above), and it can also be used interchangeably with “in particular” (the example below demonstrates the first of these ways of using it).

Example: “Actual figures are notably absent from Scholar A’s analysis.”

35. Importantly

Usage: Use “importantly” interchangeably with “significantly”.

Example: “Importantly, Scholar A was being employed by X when he wrote this work, and was presumably therefore under pressure to portray the situation more favourably than he perhaps might otherwise have done.”

Image shows a blue fountain pen.Summarising

You’ve almost made it to the end of the essay, but your work isn’t over yet. You need to end by wrapping up everything you’ve talked about, showing that you’ve considered the arguments on both sides and reached the most likely conclusion. Here are some words and phrases to help you.

36. In conclusion

Usage: Typically used to introduce the concluding paragraph or sentence of an essay, summarising what you’ve discussed in a broad overview.

Example: “In conclusion, the evidence points almost exclusively to Argument A.”

37. Above all

Usage: Used to signify what you believe to be the most significant point, and the main takeaway from the essay.

Example: “Above all, it seems pertinent to remember that…”

38. Persuasive

Usage: This is a useful word to use when summarising which argument you find most convincing.

Example: “Scholar A’s point – that Constanze Mozart was motivated by financial gain – seems to me to be the most persuasive argument for her actions following Mozart’s death.”

39. Compelling

Usage: Use in the same way as “persuasive” above.

Example: “The most compelling argument is presented by Scholar A.”

40. All things considered

Usage: This means “taking everything into account”.

Example: “All things considered, it seems reasonable to assume that…”

How many of these words and phrases will you get into your next essay? And are any of your favourite essay terms missing from our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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226 Responses to “40 Useful Words and Phrases for Top-Notch Essays”

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  16. May 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm, Mike said:

    These are reach-me-downs and the ideas you express are poorly connected. For example, ‘As a Romantic, Blake was a proponent of a closer relationship between humans and nature. Another key point to remember is that Blake was writing during the Industrial Revolution, which had a major impact on the world around him.” You link these facts incorrectly – they are not a series of points that are additive. They are causally related, i.e. one is a consequence of the other. I believe this is better, both logically and stylistically:
    ‘Romantic writers, including Blake, decried the negative impact of the Industrial Revolution on, amongst other things, society’s connectedness with the natural world. Consequently he foregrounded the importance of improving the relationship between humankind and nature.’

    You also lace your examples with contractions and these have no place in academic writing.


    • September 19, 2016 at 11:18 am, Helena said:



    • March 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm, Dr. Jim Loving said:

      > You are correct. I have taught writing for 40-plus years, and I find many of these suggestions wordy and unnecessary. For instance, “In order to” can simply to be “To.”


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  37. October 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm, Tom Howell said:

    *Gasp* As someone who has studied and takes a modicum of interest in the English language, and having spent a lifetime writing scientific essays, all I can say is this list of clichés will not aid you in your academic pursuits. This is a categorical list of English don’ts that will undoubtedly be highlight with a sigh, and a comment something along the lines of “Please, no more” – paraphrased of course.
    Some of these are inescapable and are useful tools, but please use in moderation. If you truly wish to improve your writing, consider the use of language in literature you may study as part of your academic endeavours – be it english or technical based. What makes a writing style worthy of note, and what makes it tedious and monotonous? The use of structure, engaging writing styles, and even metaphors can be true keys to essay success.


    • December 07, 2015 at 8:24 am, Jeff B. said:

      > Tom, I must agree. In my English class such clichés as listed here would be highlighted and returned to the student with an admonition to “please use your own words,” or something to that effect.
      As I like to joke, “Clichés should be avoided like the plague.”


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  42. November 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm, Chala said:

    Thanks a lot for this helpful article. One question though:

    The example given for phrase 12 “Scholar A argued that this was due to X, as well as Y.” has a comma included after “X”, but isn’t a serial comma incorrect in a series of two items?


  43. November 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm, Yo said:



  44. November 26, 2015 at 5:29 pm, courage said:

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  45. November 29, 2015 at 1:13 am, Joey said:

    I don’t really feel comfortable using firstly, secondly, thirdly to introduce new points… does anyone else feel the same?


  46. December 07, 2015 at 7:58 am, Jeff B. said:

    While some of the suggestions in this article are valuable, I am going to have to agree with Tom Howell about the use of clichés. Many of the phrases suggested (e.g. “To put it another way” and “Another key thing to remember”) are clichés, and should be avoided in original writing.
    Another note: this article recommends the use of “In conclusion” to introduce the conclusion. My suggestion is to avoid it, and I am not the only one who feels this way. To quote the Writing Center at Harvard University:
    “Avoid phrases like ‘in conclusion,’ ‘to conclude,’ ‘in
    summary,’ and ‘to sum up.’ These phrases can be
    useful–even welcome–in oral presentations. But
    readers can see, by the tell-tale compression of the
    pages, when an essay is about to end. You’ll irritate
    your audience if you belabor the obvious.”
    (Source: http://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/ending-essay-conclusions)
    If your readers cannot figure out that from reading your text that you are presenting your conclusion, then your conclusion has more problems than simply the introduction to it.


  47. December 07, 2015 at 8:03 am, Jeff B. said:

    Note: In my comment above, I should have specified “for college-level writing… and above.”
    Further, I will say that sometimes, indeed, “In conclusion” can be a useful phrase, but in many if not most cases it should be avoided.


    • December 07, 2015 at 10:43 am, Jeff B. said:

      > * Assuming, of course, that my “comment above” is actually posted after it undergoes “moderation.” Otherwise my note makes no sense…


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  60. February 10, 2016 at 9:37 am, Shruthi said:

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    • February 12, 2016 at 9:45 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Shruthi,

      Thank you for your comment. It is worth bearing in mind that examiners often consider idioms risky, as when over-used (or mis-used) they can place a candidate at a disadvantage. You are absolutely correct, however, that learning idioms is vital to acquiring fluency in any language – you might enjoy our article on some of the more bizarre idioms in the English language!

      Best of luck in your studies,

      The ORA Team


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  74. May 04, 2016 at 3:58 am, SJAll said:


    Quentin Crisp, upon being asked to give advice to aspiring writers replied:

    “Never read. This is very important. if you read books in order to improve your writing style, you will find yourself trying to write literature, instead of saying what you really mean. It’s very important not to get caught up trying to write better American prose. Don’t do any such thing. Just try to think, Am I saying what I mean? Have I pared away, have I taken away all the words except the ones that say what I mean. And then your writing will be fine. You have the most wonderful writers in America, really great stylists, people like Damon Runyon, and there’s no floweriness, no literary effect, in the work of Damon Runyon, he is as neat as he can possibly be. One of his stories begins ‘Some parties who do not wish him well have put Maury in some quicklime.’

    See: http://grammarpiano.blogspot.co.uk/2007/12/from-evening-with-quentin-crisp.html


    • March 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm, Dr. Jim Loving said:

      > Excellent advice. Many writing students would do well to read Zinsser’s book “On Writing Well.” He emphasizes clarity in writing, and no one does it better.


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  79. May 26, 2016 at 11:11 pm, Georgia Kathleen said:

    This is really helpful, I’ve been looking to expand and vary the words I use during English exams. Thanks!


  80. May 29, 2016 at 5:17 am, Noosh said:

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  81. June 02, 2016 at 2:24 am, jo sladky said:

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  82. June 02, 2016 at 11:50 am, irisha said:

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  83. June 02, 2016 at 2:37 pm, Kannan.P said:

    Could you please add more pharse. Thanks


  84. June 04, 2016 at 2:04 pm, Wish said:

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  85. June 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm, Alan said:

    Thanks.so helpful


  86. June 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm, Sohaib said:

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  87. June 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm, Tuan said:

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  88. June 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm, Ranthimo said:

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  89. June 27, 2016 at 7:18 am, Vivian said:

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  90. June 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm, Chris Speck said:

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  92. July 12, 2016 at 10:06 am, Fernando said:



  93. July 19, 2016 at 8:01 pm, ashok kumar said:

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  95. August 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm, Prabanya said:

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  96. August 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm, ananay chhetri 7 said:

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  98. September 05, 2016 at 12:16 pm, Mounika said:

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  99. September 15, 2016 at 4:28 am, Student said:

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  100. September 15, 2016 at 4:29 am, Student said:

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  103. September 15, 2016 at 4:36 am, Emerjihlia said:

    Wish you had more words on this, otherwise it made my essay from an F to an A+. I guess I had to do some work to though, that’s some effort!


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  106. September 16, 2016 at 1:47 am, kira Mayfield said:

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  107. September 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm, Rowan said:

    I use these words all the time in my undergrad papers, yet my lecturers always complain that theses words are high school level writing. :/


  108. September 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm, Tanmay said:

    That were fantabulous ……..
    Would like to add a few more….
    ‘ a sharp irony ‘. Meaning- a sharp contrast
    ‘ inspite of the fact that….’


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  110. October 04, 2016 at 5:19 am, Tanyu Gracious said:

    Amazingly great one..(^_^)
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  111. October 19, 2016 at 9:45 am, Achyuth said:

    Pretty useful


  112. October 26, 2016 at 4:50 am, Stormy said:

    Are you kidding!?!
    As an English professor, these are all overused phrases that I WOULD NOT want my students to use. I teach my students how to be original rather than use cliche phrases. Ugh! Not helpful. You’re perpetuating the worst in writing.


    • November 01, 2016 at 1:17 am, sylvia said:

      majority, it helped a lot of people!!


    • December 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm, Hope said:

      > you’re the one who’s kidding not the one who provided us with them. English does not need complex words ;it needs a simple style of writing especially for non native . And please if you see them a joke provide us with what’s beneficial. Above all 😉 Thanks .


    • December 21, 2016 at 8:16 pm, Hope said:

      > > you’re the one who’s kidding not the one who provided us with them. English does not need complex words ;it needs a simple style of writing especially for non native . And please if you see them a joke provide us with what’s beneficial. Above all 😉 Thanks .


  113. October 26, 2016 at 4:52 am, Carol said:

    These cliche phrase will NOT help you write a top-notch essay. Do NOT use these.


  114. October 26, 2016 at 11:52 pm, KittyKat300 said:

    Awesome tips I got a great grade!


  115. October 30, 2016 at 1:28 am, lolo said:

    thank you


  116. November 01, 2016 at 1:15 am, sylvia said:

    this are very helpful, thanks bro : )


  117. November 01, 2016 at 2:41 pm, Julia Jeka said:

    Great!! They are all really helpful!!!


  118. November 05, 2016 at 6:13 pm, Ro Mon Lian said:

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  119. November 08, 2016 at 11:51 am, Leah okoth said:

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  120. November 08, 2016 at 7:07 pm, Brenda McDermott said:



  121. December 01, 2016 at 4:31 pm, Lia said:

    Thx 🙂


  122. December 01, 2016 at 4:33 pm, Lia said:

    I am so glad, that some people write down these really helpful words. My essay will sound great 😉
    Thank you so much 🙂


  123. December 02, 2016 at 1:06 pm, Vrunda said:

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  124. December 03, 2016 at 3:56 pm, Nick said:

    All of these phrases helped a lot to write an assay. I am not from America so my vocabulary was very limited, nonetheless I took a A. Thank you very much for your help and pls let me know if you have any books that are going to help to write an assay. Have a wonderful day!!!


  125. December 09, 2016 at 1:53 am, Eden said:

    I wish you would make it a book. This is a life saver to non native speakers.


  126. December 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm, Succ said:

    Just kidding, it was really helpful need linking words and good phrases like this makes essay better and advanced


  127. December 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm, Erkin said:

    “To sum up” is also a good one for the finishing paragraph. And it is not commonly used.


  128. December 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm, Ameer said:

    Much obliged and honoured to come across such a rhetorical and journalistic piece of writing.


    • December 21, 2016 at 8:08 pm, fatma said:

      > yes you’re right man. Can we be friends to exchange our essays if you want to !?


  129. December 17, 2016 at 10:27 am, falahi said:

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  130. December 18, 2016 at 10:18 am, shoneymol shaju said:

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  131. December 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm, fatma said:

    wow!! these words are great . Thank you so much for such a help ; you’ve really helped me. Another point to remember :p is that my essay is thirsty to such words . ^^ thanks


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  152. March 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm, Yaroslav said:

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  153. March 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm, fatima said:

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  168. June 04, 2017 at 3:01 pm, Ellie said:

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  172. June 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm, mariah said:

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  186. August 19, 2017 at 2:02 am, gkmurthy said:

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  187. August 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm, Laura Croft said:

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