Transition words

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Transition words

  1. 1. TRANSITION WORDSTo improve your writing you need to make sure that your ideas, both insentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence and that the gapbetween ideas is bridged smoothly. One way to do this is by using transitions -words or phrases or techniques that help bring two ideas together.Transitional words and phrases represent one way of gaining coherence.Certain words help continue an idea, indicate a shift of though or contrast, orsum up a conclusion. Check the following list of words to find those that willpull your sentences and paragraphs together.For continuing a common line of reasoning:consequentlyclearly, thenfurthermoreadditionallyandin additionmoreoverbecausebesides thatin the same wayfollowing this furtheralsopursuing this furtherin the light of the... it is easy to see thatTo change the line of reasoning (contrast):howeveron the other handbutyetneverthelesson the contrary
  2. 2. For opening a paragraph initially or for general use:admittedlyassuredlycertainlygrantedno doubtnobody deniesobviouslyof courseto be suretrueundoubtedlyunquestionablygenerally speakingin generalat this levelin this situationFor the final points of a paragraph or essay:finallylastlyTransitional chains, to use in separating sections of a paragraph whichis arranged chronologically:first... second... third...generally... furthermore... finallyin the first place... also... lastlyin the first place... pursuing this further... finallyto be sure... additionally... lastlyin the first place... just in the same way... finallybasically... similarly... as well
  3. 3. To signal conclusion:thereforethishencein final analysisin conclusionin final considerationindeedTo restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a moreexacting way:in other wordspoint in factspecificallySequence or timeafterafterwardsas soon asat firstat lastbeforebefore longfinallyfirst... second... thirdin the first placein the meantimelatermeanwhilenextsoonthen

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