How To Write Transition Sentences

When you first try writing transition sentences, you may find that it can be a little tricky.

However, once you learn a few tricks on how you can easily use “transition words,” it will seem fairly easy.

Before you start writing this sentence, you should already have a body paragraph of your paper complete. For information on how to write a paragraph, click here.

What is a transition sentence?

Simply, it is a sentence that creates a bridge between the ideas in your paragraphs.

A well written transition highlights the connections between your ideas, creates a sense of unity in your paper and is a chance to connect both supporting ideas and major ideas.

Here are some simple steps for writing this type of sentence:

  • Use phrases or ideas that are common between the end of one paragraph and the start of the next.
  • Use a transition word to help construct your sentence if needed.
  • Make sure this sentence is at the end of your paragraph or at the beginning of your next paragraph. Although it is widely used at the end of sentences, it is also common to see them positioned at the beginning of a paragraph.
In order for readers to follow the ideas you are presenting, you need to connect your sentences and paragraphs using transitions.

Specific words create signals to your readers and allow them to see the connection you are trying to make.

Here are some sample transition words that can help construct this sentence:

Comparison: Comparing two ideas that are similar.

Likewise, similarly, in the same way, etc.

Contrasting: Showing how two ideas are different.

Nevertheless, on the contrary, regardless, while yet, however, in contrast, by contrast, but, although, etc.

Additional: Adding to what you have already said.

Moreover, additionally, in addition, furthermore, and, also, etc.

Example: Illustrating a point.

For example, for instance, specifically, as an illustration, etc.

There are tons of other transition words you can use as well. The words listed above are only a few.

Here is a sample of a transition sentence so you can get an idea of how one looks.

Amy Tan became a famous author after her novel, The Joy Luck Club, skyrocketed up the bestseller list. Though her fiction is well known, her work with the satirical garage band the Rock Bottom Remainders receives far less publicity.

**Note how the words in bold are similar in meaning. Thus this shows the relationship between the two sentences. The second sentence is the transition sentence that tells the reader that the next paragraph is going to have a contrasting idea.

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