Transitions: signals for your reader
Transitions are signals or cues in writing that show the reader the relationship between one idea and the next. Transitions help the reader see that a certain line of reasoning is being continued, developed, challenged, changed, or summarized. They make writing flow and make it easier for the reader to understand ideas. Use a transition to link paragraphs by putting a transition word or phrase in the first sentence of the new paragraph. Transitions are also used to link sentences within a paragraph.
Cues that lead the reader forward: "here's more on this idea."
|In addition||First, second, finally|
|In other words||Moreover|
Cues that show the reader contrast: "here's a different idea."
|However||Although this is true|
|On the contrary||Nevertheless|
Cues that show cause and effect: "here's the result of that."
- As a result
- For that reason
Cues that introduce a summary or conclusion:
- In brief
- In conclusion
- To sum up
- In general
- In short