Writing a Good Transition Sentence
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Transitioning smoothly from one sentence to the next can be tough. With a little bit of our help, your teacher will be calling you Mr. or Ms. Suave in no time.
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Transition sentences exist to guide your reader from one idea to the next.
You don’t want to jump from talking about Violet Beauregard to talking about serial
killers without some sort of tradition.
Unless your reader really hates Willy Wonka, or blueberries, they are not going to follow
If an essay represents your train of thought, each of the paragraphs are different cars
on this train.
They need to be hooked together by a strong transition, or one of them is going to jump
And if that’s the dining car, it’s going to make a huge mess.
Think of the feedback you’ve received from your teacher and peers.
If they’ve called your work choppy or disjointed or hard to follow, you might just need a few
good transitions to get your essays back on track.
The first thing to try is to simply use transition words such as next and however to link your
Your transition sentence can come at the end of a paragraph, or at the beginning of the
Experiment with both and see where it feels right.
If your ideas are similar, you can link them together with phrases like “also,” “likewise,”
or “in the same way.”
In much the same way… but a little different… sometimes you need to contrast things.
When contrasting, you can use linking words and phrases like but, yet, nevertheless, and
However… hey, look what we just did… if you’re listing things, like detailed characteristics
of the different cars in a descriptive essay about trains, transitions come in handy, too.
Here are a few good transitions to use when providing additional support to your thesis:
additionally, also, in addition, and furthermore.
Furthermore, there are times when you need to emphasize a point. Perhaps right before
you go into your kick-butt closing paragraph.
Good, emphatic transitions include indeed, in fact, truly, and, of course, of course.
Of course… whoa, did it again… there is no set way to transition between paragraphs.
Sometimes all you need is a next or a however.
Sometimes you can compare with words like also and likewise.
Or contrast with words like but and nevertheless.
Or emphasize your point with indeed, in fact, and of course.
…that’s a good transition word, too…
…never underestimate the power of a well-placed and.
Sometimes the small words are the best…
…especially when you’re trying to stop a runaway train.