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Chapter 21. Use Transitions

As your reader skims through text, transitions act as instant road signs to tell them where you are heading. Also tells the reader that you are adding a similar thought. However instantly conveys “here comes something different.”

Purpose Transitions
To add an idea Also, and, besides, furthermore, moreover, next, too, as well as, in addition, again
To summarize In brief, on the whole, in short, in sum, to sum up
To enumerate First, second, third, and last
To clarify Actually, in other words, clearly
To illustrate For instance, for example (e.g.,), that is (i.e.,)
To compare Also, similarly, likewise, as well as
To contrast Although, even though, but, however, on the contrary, on the other hand, yet, in contrast
To emphasize Certainly, most of all, in fact, of course, in any event
To make conditional If, unless, until, when, even though
To show cause and effect As a result, so, therefore, consequently, accordingly
To show results As a result, therefore, so, hence
To reverse a thought But, yet, on the contrary, regardless, nevertheless
To indicate time or sequence Formerly, previously, meanwhile, before, after, until now, at the same time, later, during



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