Transitions serve as a bridge between ideas. They provide connections between words, sentences, and paragraphs. There are many examples of transitions in your textbook. Also, notice how professional writers use them to improve their style and to add emphasis. Below are a few examples of transitions (some of these words/phrases could be placed in more than one category).
Add to these lists as you think of other transitions.To give examples for example, for instance, to illustrate, in particular, specifically, to be specific, as proof To add information and, and then, also, in addition, rover, furthermore, besides, too, plus, additionally, again, another To indicate time at the same time, now, nowadays, up to now, presently, at present, today, so far, from then on, until then, in the past, in the future, formerly, later, later on, next, tomorrow, before, initially, meanwhile, to begin with, thus far, then, after, afterwards, earlier, at the outset, immediately, soon, in a few (minutes, hours, days, etc. ), gradually, previously, first/second/third, etc.
- Thesis Statement
- Structure and Outline
- Voice and Grammar
To compare similarly, likewise, just like, just as, in the same way, in comparison To contrast or concede a point otherwise, in contrast, on the other hand, instead, still, whereas, despite this, but, however, just the same, nevertheless, on the contrary, in spite of, yet, granted that, even though, although, though To sum up, restate, clarify, or show cause and effect in conclusion, to conclude, to sum up, in summary, to summarize, in brief, truly, in other words, thus, so, hence, accordingly, clearly, in short, consequently, therefore, for that reason, obviously, as a consequence, that is, in effect, put simply, stated briefly, of course, in a way, last of all, finally, because, since, as a result, in closing, to iterate, to repeat, as has been stated To emphasize foremost, most important, especially, indeed, in fact, truly, surely, certainly, as a matter of fact, above all, without a doubt, most of all, to emphasize Directions: Circle the best transitions from the choices in parentheses. Be prepared to explain your answers. Pay attention to punctuation in addition to meaning. For added practice, substitute other possible transitions in the sentences below.
1. Would like to see you tomorrow, (so/ however/ again) let’s have lunch together. 2.
My sister loves to eat, (finally/ moreover/ but) onto care much about food. 3. That restaurant is awful. Yesterday, (and/ for example/ however), found a bug in my soup.
4. She felt exhausted; (therefore/ nevertheless/ whereas), she took a nap. 5.
He expected to do well on the test, (and then/ in brief/ for) he had studied diligently. 6. John eats five big meals a day; (as a result/ despite this/ hence), he never gains weight. 7. Josephine ate too fast. (Consequently/ Likewise/ In contrast), she had indigestion.