Transitions are words or phrases that show the relationship between paragraphs or sections of a text or speech. Transitions provide greater cohesion by making it more explicit or signaling how ideas relate to one another. Transitions are "bridges" that "carry a reader from section to section." Transitions guide a reader through steps of logic, increments of time, or through physical space. Transitions "...connect words and ideas so that your readers don't have to do the mental work for you."
- To show similarity or reinforce: and, also, too, similarly, equally, identically, equally important, together with, not only ... but also, coupled with, in the light of, not to mention, as well as, furthermore, moreover, in the same fashion/ way, likewise, comparatively, correspondingly, by the same token, uniquely, to say nothing of.
- To introduce an opposing point: but, however, yet, on the contrary, on the other hand, in contrast, still, neither, nor, nevertheless, notwithstanding, besides
- To signal a restatement: that is, in other words, in simpler terms, to put it differently,
- To show frequency: frequently, hourly, often, occasionally, now and then, day after day, every so often, again and again
- To show duration: during, briefly, for a long time, minute by minute, while
- To show a particular time: now, then, at that time, in those days, last Sunday, next Christmas, in 1999, at the beginning of August, at six o’clock, first thing in the morning, two months ago, when,
- To introduce a beginning: at first, in the beginning, since, before then
- To introduce a middle: in the meantime, meanwhile, as it was happening, at that moment, at the same time, simultaneously, next, then
- To signal an end (or beyond): eventually, finally, at last, in the end, later, afterward
- To show closeness: close to, near, next to, alongside, adjacent to, facing
- To show long distance: in the distance, far, beyond, away, there
- To show direction: up/down, sideways, along, across, to the right/left, in front of/behind, above/below, inside/outside: toward/away from
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