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Transitions For Essays Between Paragraphs For Her

Two sentences become a sentence, using transitions words or phrases that link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly so that there are no abrupt jumps or breaks between ideas. Here is a list of some common transition word that can be helpful for writer to use the word to link two sentences.

Click on the links below to take you to sample transition words and sample sentences

NOTE: the words that show transition are bold.

Words that ADD information:

Words that ADD informationalsoandanotherbesidefirst, second, third,...furthermorein additionmoreover

  • The little girl put on her yellow shirt and brown overalls.

  • Chris is on the basketball team this semester at Indiana School for the Deaf. In addition, he is on the soccer team.

  • We will be here for one more week so we can finish up our work. Another reason we are staying longer is because we do not want to miss the Deaf Way conference.

  • First of all, pour a half-cup of milk in the bowl; second, add two eggs; and third, stir the mixture.

  • I admire I. King Jordan because he is the first deaf president of Gallaudet. Besides that, I admire him because he is a great long distance runner. Furthermore, he is a dedicated family man. All in all, there is not much to dislike about the man, except he is too perfect!

  • Crystal likes camping in the mountains. Also, Crystal is an experienced hiker.

  • Texas School for the Deaf is perfectly located. Moreover, it has a strong academic program. For example, the school has a preschool program where both deaf and hearing children learn together.

Words that show CONCLUSION:

Words that show CONCLUSIONfinallyin conclusionto concludeto sum up

  • There were a lot of problems discussed at the meeting. Finally, after a few hours, we were able to prioritize the problems in the order we wanted to solve the problems.

  • Many parents and students have been complaining about the program. For example, scores on the end-of-grade tests have gone down from last year; teachers are not very motivated; and everyone is frustrated. To sum up, some improvements in the middle school program need to be made.

  • To conclude, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season.

  • There was a malfunction in the smoke machines and lights, the curtains would not open and close properly, and one of the actors was sick with no stand-in. In conclusion, the play was a disaster.

 

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Words that REPEAT information

Words that REPEAT informationin factin other wordsonce againto put it another wayto repeat

  • That area is very dangerous for you to bike in. To repeat, I warn you not to go there.

  • Lisa decided not to go to King Islands. In fact she told me, "No, way."

  • I feel that our last Student Council meeting did not go well. In other words, it was a fine mess.

  • Sally has lost an oar on her boat and she is in big trouble. To put it another way, Sally has to find a different method of rowing or she will sink!

Words that show COMPARISON:

Words that show COMPARISONas ... asin like manneras iflikeby comparisonlikewisein comparisonsimilarly

  • At St. Rita School for the Deaf, a private school, there is a dress code that mandates how the students are to dress. The boys must wear a pair of pants and dress shirts. Similarly, the strict dress code requires plaid skirts and blouses for the girls.

  • Like her grandmother, Sally loves the Gallaudet Homecoming football game.

  • The news reported that Montana would be very cold this week. I said, "Likewise, Rochester will be, too."

  • Ronda bought a new Saturn car; so in like manner the rest of her friends did the same thing.

  • By comparison, Greensboro, N.C. is much smaller than Washington, D.C. is.

  • The cat acts as if he is the boss of the house.

  • The cat is as proud as a king.

  • Bob loves to go to parties. In comparison, Sue loves to stay at home with her family.

  • Compared to seven years ago when the printer worked well, it has been "ill" a great deal of the time in recent weeks.

 

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Words that show CONTRASTS or DIFFERENCES:

Words that show CONTRASTS or DIFFERENCESalthoughbuthoweverin contrastin spite ofneverthelessnonethelessrather thanthoughunlikeyet

  • I am not able to go to the beach with you. Nevertheless, thanks for asking me.

  • Karen's cat, Salem is so unlike Midnight. Midnight likes to nap a lot and Salem likes to play a lot.

  • The idea of attending the play at Gallaudet is nice. However, the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research conference is scheduled at the same time.

  • He prefers to attend the play rather than attending the conference.

  • Though I eat green beans because they are healthy, I hate them.

  • Although Steven was extremely tired, he washed the dishes.

  • The play was great, nonetheless, I was sick of seeing it after the fourth time.

  • Amber, Sharon, and Megan went to Busch Gardens for the day. In spite of the cold weather, they enjoyed themselves.

  • Sharon and Megan enjoyed the Loch Ness Monster ride, but Amber thought that Alpengist was faster and had more twists.

  • Sharon has not visited the Land of the Dragons, yet if she had had a kid, she would have gone by now.

  • Alexander Graham Bell believed in oral education for deaf children. This is in contrast to Edward Miner Gallaudet who believed in using American Sign Language to educate deaf children.

Words that show a TIME relationship:

Words that show a TIME relationshipafter so much timeafter thatat firstbeforebeginning, endingeventuallyearliereven whenever sincefollowingfrom then onfrom, toin timelastlatermeanwhilenear, farnextnowoversoonstillthe next day, nightthenwhile

  • Stephen went to pick up Irene before he stopped by McDonald's for lunch.

  • Karen was out with her friend last night.

  • We need to wash our clothes, after that we can go to the Taste of D.C. festival.

  • I can't wait to watch "NYPD," it is coming on soon. You can watch the rerun later this week.

  • Finally, I will get to see Rick Schroder. He has not been acting much since he was a teenager.

  • The beginning of the movie was sadder than the ending.

  • After so much time waiting in the long line, the boys finally got their hamburgers.

  • The Van Gogh art exhibit was shown earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

  • Wait until tonight, then you will be able to see the full moon over Gallaudet's Chapel Hall.

  • The show is not over until the actors take their final bows at the end.

  • While Missy was driving to work, she saw a deer by the roadside. She slowed down to watch the deer for a short time, then continued on her way to work.

  • Even when Sally was able to, she did not bother to finish her ASL project.

  • Clerc met with Gallaudet to prepare for the Congressional meeting scheduled for the next day.

  • The next night was very dark and stormy. Of course, it was Halloween night!

  • "Next, please," the lady called when it was my turn to go up to the booth to have my paycheck cashed.

  • Bobby's broken ankle will heal in time for the Maryland Deaf Festival.

  • That house felt very creepy inside; meanwhile, it was sunny outside.

  • Eventually, Sally got tired of John calling her on the TTY all the time since she was not interested in him.

  • She was still asleep when I got back home from work.

  • Now, please get this truck fixed because I need it to get to school on time!

  • Schools for the deaf used Sign Language until the dreadful conference in Milan; from then on, most schools for the deaf employed the oral method.

  • Super Kmart is near Landmark Mall, but Ames is far away from the mall. So it would be easier to shop at Super Kmart.

  • It will take two hours to go from Point A to Point B. Can you figure out how many hours it is from Point A to Point C?

  • At first, I thought it was a dead animal. As I walked closer, I saw it was only a worn-out coat on the ground.

  • Looking beyond this month, I predict that funding will be much better for this program.

  • Everyone hid out in the hall during the hurricane, hoping they would be safe.

  • Rebecca has not eaten at Lone Star ever since she became sick from eating the food.

  • Following "Friends" and "Mad about You," "ER" will be shown. "ER" is supposed to have two Deaf actresses on the show tonight.

 

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Words that LIMIT or PREPARE for an example:

Words that LIMIT or PREPARE for an examplefor examplefor instanceto illustratesuch as

  • Not all birds eat berries. For example, vultures eat dead animals.

  • Jeff is an interesting person to know. To illustrate, he knows a lot about the history of the Deaf community in Ireland.

  • There are things that need to be done to improve the company. For instance, we can begin by organizing the files.

  • I have a few things to take care of such as paying bills, cleaning the house, and going to the post office.

Words that show CAUSE (explain why):

Words that show CAUSE (explain why)becausebecause ofcaused by

  • Midnight was not able to move around well because his hind legs were in casts. He broke them when he fell off the bookshelf.

  • Did you see the tragic accident on I-85 south? It was caused by a drunk driver.

  • Because it is raining today, the homecoming game and the food booths will be cancelled.

  • I was late to work because of the heavy traffic.

 

Words that show EFFECT/RESULT:

Words that show EFFECT/RESULTSas a resultconsequentlyfor this/that reasonthat is whythereforethus

  • It is raining today thus we are not going to the beach.

  • The weather is supposed to be drizzly and chilly today; as a result, the Deaf Festival will be cancelled.

  • I was too tired; therefore I decided not to go to the state fair last night.

  • In 1903, William E. Hoy, a deaf baseball player, caught a fly ball in the ninth inning in spite of heavy fog. Consequently, Los Angles won the pennant for that year.

  • Ricky worked all day, from 8am until 11pm. That is why he stayed home instead of going camping with us.

  • The school bus broke down last week and has not been repaired yet. So for that reason, our dance group is unable to go to Washington, D.C. to perform at Kennedy Center.

 

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Words that ASSERT OBVIOUS TRUTH or GRANT OPPOSITION:

Words that ASSERT OBVIOUS TRUTH or GRANT OPPOSITIONcertainlyconceding thatgranted thatin factnaturallyno doubtof courseundoubtedlywithout a doubt

  • There is no doubt that the dog buried the bone in the garden.

  • Jeff told us an undoubtedly true story that was very scary.

  • The judge, without a doubt, thinks capital punishment is wrong.

  • Of course, Sarah is going to the beach this weekend with her parents. She needs a break from Gallaudet.

  • Naturally Steven is not going to agree with that plan. In fact, he thinks that the idea of setting up a business selling scarves on K Street would surely fail.

  • Certainly, you may borrow my book on the history of the American Deaf Community. But, be sure to return it to me next week.

  • Granted that Bob promised to send some money to help with the bills, yet this doesn't mean that he will.

  • Conceding that Sally is a strong skater, Rachel still believes she will be able to beat her in the Olympics. Rachel wants to become the first deaf ice skater to receive a gold medal.

 

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Good transition words guide your reader from one thought in your writing to the next. They allow you to arrange your ideas in a clear and meaningful way that the reader can easily follow.

If you think of writing as being a type of journey, you can think of transition words as being like sign posts on this journey. They keep the traveler moving in the right direction and always aware of where she is headed.

Without transition words, your reader runs the risk of getting lost in a confusing jumble of disorganized thinking.

This post will teach you about the different transition words that are available and how to effectively use them in your writing.

Example Transition Words

There are dozens if not hundreds of possible transition words and phrases. To help you understand, I’ve divided them into different categories based on their purpose.  Here are the categories:

  • Addition: transition words that build upon an idea, adding one thought to another.
  • Comparison: transition words that show the similarities between two ideas.
  • Conclusion: transition words that bring an idea to an end.
  • Contrast: transition words that show the differences between two ideas.
  • Reason: transition words that show the logical connection between two ideas.
  • Result: transition words that show the consequences of an idea.
  • Sequence: transition words that show the order of ideas in time and space.

As you can see, transition words serve a variety of purposes. For your convenience, I made a table of some of the more common transition words and separated them into categories.

Please note that this table serves as a good summary of transitions, but it isn’t comprehensive. If you want more examples, check out this extensive list of transition words.

Good Transition Words in Use

So, now you understand the different types of transition words that are available. Let me give you an example of how good transition words can help improve your writing.

First, I will write a paragraph using no transition words at all.

Sophie was bitten by a black widow when she was a child. Sophie spent several days in the hospital recovering. She still has a red scar on her leg where the spider bit her. Sophie is afraid of spiders. Every year she gets her house sprayed by an exterminator.

Now I will revise that same paragraph with a few well-placed transitions.  I will highlight my transition words in green so you can follow along.

Sophie was bitten by a black widow when she was a child. As a result, she spent several days recovering in the hospital. To this day, she has a red scar on her leg where the spider bit her, and she is still afraid of spiders. For this reason, every year Sophie gets her house sprayed by an exterminator.

Let’s break this down.

  1. “As a result” shows the reason for Sophie’s hospital stay.
  2. “To this day” shows that time has passed since Sophie was bitten and illustrates the sequence of events.
  3. “And” allows us to include the additional effects of the spider bite, without the trouble of starting a new sentence.
  4. “For this reason” shows the result of her past experience (getting bitten) on her present behavior (hiring an exterminator).

The transition words in the second paragraph helped to guide the reader through the time and space of Sophie’s story.

Transition Words Are Like Hot Sauce

As you choose transition words be aware that some transition words are spicier than others—a little goes a long way.

I’ve edited many papers where the author overuses spicy transitions such as “however,” “moreover,” and “therefore.” These words may sound impressive, but when they are overused, they turn your writing into a sticky mess. Consider the following example:

“Indeed, after a three month search, Roger landed a tree-trimming job. However, he wasn’t certain that it was the right job for him. Moreover, he was afraid that he wasn’t qualified for the work. In addition, the sophisticated power tools he would have to learn intimidated him. Therefore, he intended to decline the offer and keep searching for work.”

Can you see how the overuse of spicy transition words has made this paragraph more difficult to read than necessary?

Here’s a revision that cuts some of the spicy transitions and replaces others with milder versions.

“After a three month search, Roger landed a tree-trimming job. But, he wasn’t certain that it was the right job for him. He was afraid that he wasn’t qualified for the work, and the sophisticated power tools he would have to learn intimidated him. So, he intended to decline the offer and keep searching for work.”

As you can see, I cut a couple of the words (“indeed,” “moreover”). I also traded the strong, intrusive transition words for milder transitions that don’t interrupt the flow of the paragraph.

Milder transition words tend to be shorter and use more common language than the spicier ones.

Here’s another thing to note about spicy transitions. Transitions are stronger when they are the first word in the sentence and less powerful when they are a few words in. One great example of this comes with the word “however.” Consider the following sentence:

“It seems that the aliens have come in peace. However, life as we know it will be altered forever.”

In this example, “however” has been placed at the beginning of the second sentence, making it a more forceful transition. This is important if you really want to emphasize the transition.

But watch what happens if we move the transition word forward in the sentence.

“It seems that the aliens have come in peace. Life as we know it, however, will be altered forever.”

In this example, the emphasis of the transition word “however” is lessened.

Speaking of intrusive transition words, I want to make one other note. When listing out a sequence using numbers, you should write “first, second, third, fourth, fifth, etc.” Don’t write “firstly, secondly, thirdly, fourthly, fifthly…etc.” These words get pretty ridiculous the longer your list.

All that said, sometimes the spicy transition words are better word choices. This can be especially true in academic or scientific writing—although you should still use them intentionally. It all depends on the purpose and audience of your work.

Good Transition Words: A Summary

Good transition words help your reader get from point A to point B seamlessly and effortlessly. They serve their purpose without standing out as being intrusive or distracting.

Good transitions work best as background players, discretely guiding your readers through your ideas from one topic to the next.

For more great information about writing good transitions, read How Comedians Teach You to Write Good Transition Sentences.

Good luck!

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