Transitions in Writing



Transitions are very important in your writing because it helps the reader understand what you are trying to convey. In short, transitions provide a smooth flow from one paragraph, idea or sentence to another. Oftentimes when you have two paragraphs, it is awkward to start another paragraph without acknowledging the previous one so transitions make that exchange less awkward. Sometimes you want two ideas within a paragraph. it can become unclear when one idea ends and another starts unless you have a transition and sometime within a concept or idea in a paragraph you will have several sentences. Transition helps the flow from one sentence to the next be less awkward as well. Transition also shows how things are related. Many times your essay can appear to have many good ideas in it but the reader is having trouble drawing connections and see how those ideas and concepts are inter-related. Transitions help you do that. There are many different types of transitions and have many uses. If you are restating something, you can use a restatement like namely or in other words. If you’re contrasting something, you can use a transition like nevertheless or rather and if you’re using directions you can use a transition like to the left or below. The important thing to remember is if in doubt use a transition in your writing so the reader an understand what you are trying to convey.

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