|The use of transitional words and phrases will provide logical organization and a smooth flow of ideas in your writing by linking one idea to the next. Transitional words and phrases can link one sentence to another, or one paragraph to the next. In this way they help the reader follow the movement of the paper, to understand what was just read, and to anticipate and better comprehend what is about to follow.|
There are different types of transitional words and phrases that may be used in writing, depending upon the kind of logical relationship you wish to convey. For example, if you want to emphasize a point, you would use "indeed" or "in fact". If you wanted to stress additional support, you would use "furthermore" or "in addition". There are many transitional words and phrases to choose from.
Example: Although the book was interesting, I did not like the ending.
Study the list below, and keep it for future reference.
Transitions that guide readers to additional information or to continue an idea you are writing about:
Transitions that guide reader into more specific examples:
Transitions that guide readers through a time frame:
Transitions to show reader cause and effect:
Transitions that guide reader to the cause of something:
Transitions that guide reader to compare/contrast:
Transitions that clarify or emphasize a previous point:
Transitions that use repetition to stress a point already made:
Transitions that acknowledge opposing points reader may have:
Transitions that ignore reader's opposing points:
Transitions that summarize a point you've already made:
Transitions that guide readers to a conclusion:
Directions: Write a 3 paragraph essay on the topic of your choice using transitions from the list above.