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Transition words

Transition words

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Author: Ben Creagh
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    Introduce transition words and how they can improve writing. 

  2.  

    List a variety of transition words that show a contrast.

  3.  

    List a variety of transition words that show addition.

  4.  

    List a variety of transition words that show illustration.

  5.  

    List a variety of transition words that show cause and effect. 

 

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English writing style and who is confused about how to incorporate appropriate transition words. It will explain common transition words and their purposes in writing.  

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How can Tranistion Words imporove my writing?

To improve your writing you need to make sure that your ideas, both in sentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence and that the gap between 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, or sum up a conclusion.  We'll look at some common transition words and give headings as to when you might use them in your writing.

Contrasting Transition Words

Here we have a list of six( on the many) contrasting transition words, with examples of how to use them.
however
on the other hand
but
yet
nevertheless
on the contrary

Transition Words Showing Addition

Here is a list of transition words that show addition, as well as some examples of how to use them.

to illustrate
to demonstrate
specifically
for instance
as an illustration
for example

Transition Words Showing Illustration

Here we have a demo on how to use transition words that show illustration. The words I use are:

to illustrate
specifically
for instance
as an illustration
for example

Transition Words showing Cause and Effect

Last, but certainly the least, we have transition words that show cause and effect.  For this I will show them in a sentence form.  Often these transitions help a writer relate two ideas that are related to each other.  Or, one causes the effect on the other.

Cause                    

  • because                                    

I had to run to the bus stop because I woke up late.

 

  • Since

Since I woke up late, I had to run to the bus stop.

                                    

  • on account of                       

On account of waking up late, I had to run to the bus stop.

 

  • for that reason

I woke up late, and for that reason, I had to run to the bus stop.

                        

Effect

  • therefore

It was raining, therefore I got wet.

 

  • Consequently

It was raining, consequently I got wet.  

 

  • accordingly

All the steps were followed accordingly and we now have a new table.

 

  • Thus

All of my clothes were wet, thus I was cold.

 

  • Hence

I was dripping wet, hence the look of horror on my mother’s face when I trod through the house.

 

  • as a result

I walked through the house with dirty boots; as a result I am now cleaning the floor.

Final thoughts

As you look to divesify your transition words, take note that some transition words are used more commonly than others.  For some papers, or writings the informal transitions we hear in day to day conversations are fine, and in formal papers you may want to try to use some of the more formal transitions to give your paper an official tone.

Source: Ben Creagh