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1.1: Transitions

This resource was written by Jaclyn M. Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on August 7, 2009 .

Summary:
This resource deals with transitions.

Transitions

Transition words and phrases are used to relate ideas. Writers may use transitions within paragraphs or between paragraphs so that ideas flow smoothly between sentences and between paragraphs. The following table provides some common transitions and how they are used.

Use Transition Word or Phrase
To add and, again, and then, besides, equally important, finally, further, furthermore, nor, too, next, lastly, what's more, moreover, in addition, first (second, etc.)
To compare whereas, but, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, by comparison, where, compared to, although, conversely, meanwhile, in contrast, although this may be true
To prove because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case, that is
To show time or sequence immediately, thereafter, soon, finally, then, later, previously, formerly, first (second, etc.), next, and then
To give an example for example, for instance, in this case, in another case, on this occasion, in this situation, take the case of, to demonstrate, to illustrate, as an illustration
To summarize or conclude in brief, on the whole, summing up, to conclude, in conclusion, as I have shown, as I have said, hence, therefore, accordingly, thus, as a result, consequently, on the whole
To emphasize definitely, obviously, in fact, indeed, absolutely, positively, naturally, surprisingly, always, forever, unquestionably, without a doubt, certainly, undeniably
To repeat in brief, as I have said, as I have noted, as has been noted

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Transitions Exercise

Consider how transitions could be used in the example paragraphs in the Relevance of Ideas and the Order of Ideas exercises above. Insert transitions where you think they could be helpful.

Click here for exercise answers.

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