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Transitions

Robin Jeffrey

Using transition words or phrases at the beginning of new paragraphs or within paragraphs helps a reader to follow your writing.

  • Transitions show the reader when you are moving on to a different idea or ¬†further developing the same idea
  • Transitions create a flow, or connection, among all sentences and that leads to coherence in your writing.
To show addition also, besides, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover

** “Addition” words come only as a second or third example, They cannot, therefore, be used in the first body paragraph of an essay

To introduce examples for example, for instance, to illustrate that point, in fact, specifically,

**”Example” words come only after a point has been introduced. They cannot, therefore, begin a new idea paragraph

To compare also, similarly, likewise, in a similar manner,
To show contrast however, on the other hand, in contrast, nevertheless, still, on the contrary
To summarize examples within a paragraph in other words, in short
To indicate counterargument Some people argue that, There is an important counterargument
To show sequence or order the first….the next….the final
Logical Relationship if, so, therefore, consequently, thus, as a result, for this reason, because, since

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