The phrase is 'now onto the science.'


We first set up the bunsen burner and locate an appropriate flask. We then wear our goggles. Now, onto the science.

Now, onto the science. We expect that the rate of change of the effect of the catalyst to be blah blah...

Where should the phrase 'Now, onto the science' be put?

  • There is no right answer or even an established framework for selecting a preferred answer. It's a matter of taste and style. Use what appeals best to you. – Dan Bron May 3 '17 at 20:56
  • No; the phrase is 'now, on to the science'. And discourse grammar (eg arrangement of sentences) almost certainly belongs on Writers SE (though I'd not place Now, on to the science. at the end of a paragraph very often). – Edwin Ashworth May 3 '17 at 21:19
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is essentially a request for writing advice and would necessarily attract primarily opinion-based answers, both of which are grounds for closing the question as off-topic at this site. – Sven Yargs Jun 3 '17 at 20:15

The placement of now, on to the science depends on how you or the character you are writing about would say the words aloud.

Many years ago, I worked as a lab teaching assistant in a large university. If I gave a safety-related instruction such as "we need to put on our goggles for the next step", I would pause and wait until everyone was ready. In this case you want now, on to the science at the start of the second paragraph.

On the other hand, if I was simply describing the lab work in a tutorial where (obviously) goggles weren't needed, I might summarize the steps casually and finish with "and if we're all good with that, let's take a look at the science..." Then I would pause before I began talking about the main topic of the tutorial.

And one final thought: If you are writing a lab manual and want to sound casual in tone, read it aloud and see where the pauses fall naturally. That's where you should break the paragraphs.

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