Transition Sentences Make Your Writing Clear and Concise
By guest blogger, Shanna Wegrocki
What are Transition Sentences? Think of them as a bridge that transitions from one slight change of subject to another. They connect the paragraphs seamlessly and make the writing flow more smoothly in the reader’s mind without need of extraneous explanations. Without transition sentences, your work will be choppy and disjointed;
You can use transition sentences:
• Between sections. This type of transition summarizes information for the reader.
• Between paragraphs. This is the most common type, and is usually the first or last sentence of a paragraph.
• Within paragraphs. You can do these with a single word or short phrase.
All three types are equally important. Transitions are the cues that tell the reader how to interpret progressive details on subject matter.
There are Many Styles of Transitions:
Single transitional words are easy to identify. There is a long list, but they fit into distinct categories, such as addition, comparison, concession, contrast, emphasis, example, summary, time sequence, spatial arrangement, cause and effect, purpose, similarity, place, result and repetition.
Single transitional words may also be pronouns, parallelism, or synonyms. With practice, you will find you can use any and all of these devices to smoothly transition from one sentence to another, one paragraph to another, or one subject to another – all the while keeping the coherence of your work in place.
Examples, with the transitions in bold:
• She was a good girl while her mother was around.
• You can go to the movie if you clean your room first.
• “I told Jenny she could go to her friend’s house for the night because she did all her chores.”
• “No, he didn’t say that, and furthermore, he couldn’t have said it because he lost his voice.”
• “She shouldn’t have done that, but by the same token, look what he did to her.”
Do you see how transitions and transition sentences move from one subject to another closely related subject? And that’s the whole point.
Your Assignment: Select something to read and pick out the transition words. Transition sentences will be the first or last sentence of a paragraph – usually the first one.
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