Transitions link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly so there are no breaks between ideas.
A transition can be A single word A phrase A sentence
These words signify that you’re explaining an idea in your writing: And, again, and then, besides, equally important, finally, furthermore, nor, too, next, lastly, what’s more, in addition, first (second, etc.) Example: Twilight is a movie about vampires. It shows how relationships can sometimes be complicated. Twilight is a movie about vampires. Furthermore, it shows how relationships can sometimes be complicated.
These words signify you’re comparing a previous idea to a new one in your paper, or describing two different things: But, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, by comparison, where, compared to, although, meanwhile, after all, in contrast, although this may be true… Example: Brownies and cupcakes are delicious. I like all kinds of desserts. Brownies and cupcakes are delicious. However, I like all kinds of desserts.
Use these words to indicate support for your argument: Because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case, that is… Example: Mr. Samford respects the military. He served time in the navy when he was younger. Mr. Samford respects the military. In fact, he served time in the navy when he was younger
When telling events in a time sequence, these words help make the order clear: Immediately, thereafter, soon, after a few hours, finally, then, later, previously, formerly, first (second, etc.), next, and then… Example: Mr. Swint gets to work early. He gets ready for the day. Mr. Swint gets to work early. Then, he gets ready for the day.
Emphasis words do just that – serve to emphasize points that you want the reader to really be aware of and understand: Definitely, extremely, obviously, in fact, indeed, in any case, absolutely, positively, naturally, surprisingly, always, forever, never, without a doubt, certainly… Example: Ms. Oerter likes to jog. She jogs every morning. Ms. Oerter enjoys a healthy lifestyle. Ms. Oerter likes to jog. She jogs every morning. Obviously, Ms. Oerter enjoys a healthy lifestyle.
When trying to summarize your points, using these words clearly signals the end of your paragraph or topic: Summing up, to conclude, in conclusion, as I have shown, as I have said, therefore, accordingly, as a result… Example: The 6 th grade teachers are all really good friends. They all get along great with one another. The 6 th grade teachers are all really good friends. Consequently, they all get along great with one another.