Focus – using transitions effectively in writing
Transitions take the reader from one sentence to the next and from one paragraph to the next. Transitions, both words and phrases, provide a coherent framework for the paper. These transitions will help your writing to be easy to understand to a reader.
Transitions in Writing – examples
Transitions in Writing – more examples
Whenever you have trouble finding a word, phrase, or sentence to serve as an effective transition, refer to the information in the table for assistance. Look in the left column of the table for the kind of logical relationship you are trying to express. Then look in the right column of the table for examples of words or phrases that express this logical relationship.
HOMEWORK – Write detailed instructions on how to do something, fix something, or make something. Use transitions to help you write the steps in order. Highlight, or underline, each transition you use in your instructions. You will read your instructions aloud in your next English class. Be prepared.
|LOGICAL RELATIONSHIP||TRANSITIONAL EXPRESSION|
|Similarity||also, in the same way, just as … so too, likewise, similarly|
|Exception/Contrast||but, however, in spite of, on the one hand … on the other hand, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, in contrast, on the contrary, still, yet|
|Sequence/Order||first, second, third, … next, then, finally|
|Time||after, afterward, at last, before, currently, during, earlier, immediately, later, meanwhile, now, recently, simultaneously, subsequently, then|
|Example||for example, for instance, namely, specifically, to illustrate|
|Emphasis||even, indeed, in fact, of course, truly|
|Place/Position||above, adjacent, below, beyond, here, in front, in back, nearby, there|
|Cause and Effect||accordingly, consequently, hence, so, therefore, thus|
|Additional Support or Evidence||additionally, again, also, and, as well, besides, equally important, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover, then|
|Conclusion/Summary||finally, in a word, in brief, in conclusion, in the end, in the final analysis, on the whole, thus, to conclude, to summarize, in sum, in summary|