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Transition Words: The Flow of your writing

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Danielle Sherfey

on 9 February 2014

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Transition Words: The Flow of your writing
Words might include:

in the same way, just as, also
Example Sentence(s):
Just as her mother had many years before, Laura won the
high-jump event at her school.

7. To summarize or conclude

Words might include
finally, in summary, in conclusion, in the end, indeed,
Example Sentence(s):
The team’s new recruit pitched poorly and failed to tag
runners. In summary, the new player just wasn’t what his team expected him to be.

Rather, transitions should


what you
have already written and help one idea flow into the next.

What are transitions?
Transitions are what hold an essay together as a cohesive whole. Transitions help one sentence or paragraph flow smoothly into another.

By using transitions, the reader is able to tie together the ideas of an essay.
Transitions could be thought of as a rope holding a boat to a dock. They keep everything connected to help benefit the reader (or owner in this case)
10. To make final points
11.To restate a point
Types of Transitions
Words might include
then, next, finally
4. Point out similarities
1. Order or sequencing transitions
Sentence example:

First you add flour, then you add eggs.
2. Give Examples
Words might include:

for instance, for example
Sentence example: Large dog breeds can be scar
3. Provide extra support
Words might include:
additionally, as well, also
Sentence example:
Heather tried to improve her grade by studying harder. She
turned in an extra credit book report as well.

5. Relate to time

Words might include:

before, after, during, at last, then, now, while, in the meantime, meanwhile, before long
Example Sentence(s):

People crowded into the building. Before long, the scene looked like a party.

6. To emphasize
Words might include:
of course, indeed, even, in fact
Example Sentence(s):
The teacher loved shaping young minds. Of course, she
always had.

8. To continue a common line of reasoning

Words might include:

furthermore, additionally, clearly, because, besides, in light
Example Sentence(s):

Travis knew he was in trouble for not cleaning his room.
Furthermore, he had not washed the dishes as his mother had asked.
9. To change the line of reasoning
Words might include:

however, on the other hand, but, yet, nevertheless, although

Example Sentence(s):

Lydia knew it was wrong to disobey her mother.
Nevertheless, she agreed to go to the movies with her friends that night.

Words might include:

finally, lastly, ultimately

Example Sentence(s):

Jennifer brushed her teeth and climbed into bed. Finally, she
fell asleep.
Words might include:

in other words, point in fact, specifically, in short
Example Sentence(s):

Theresa felt uneasy about the test and wondered what material it would cover. In short, she felt she had not studied enough.

Each type of transition has a

Transitions shouldn’t be thrown into writing just to fill space.
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