Transition words or phrases are needed in writing to guide the reader through your discussion or argument. They are like the road signs that tell the reader that you are about to give an example, a comparison, or a contrast. Transitions help to make your writing more “reader friendly” by linking sentences and paragraphs.
Here are some reasons for using transitions to bridge your paragraphs:
The chart below lists some transition words or phrases. Try them out!
and, also, besides, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover, next, too, first, second
for example, for instance, to illustrate, in fact, specifically
also, in the same manner, similarly, likewise
but, however, on the other hand, in contrast, nevertheless, still, even though, on the contrary, yet, although
in other words, in short, in summary, in conclusion, to sum up, that is, therefore
after, as, before, next, during, later, finally, meanwhile, then, when, while, immediately
above, below, beyond, farther on, nearby, opposite, close, to the left
if, so, therefore, consequently, thus, as a result, for this reason, since
The information on this page was adapted from:
Trimmer, Joseph F. Writing With a Purpose. 11th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995.
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