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									Using Transitions

Transitions are words or phrases that connect ideas. Using them in your writing will
help the reader understand relationships such as time, space, emphasis, example,
contrast, etc. Under the bold headings are examples of transition words that help
ideas flow smoothly.

Time                  Location               Contrast               Addition               Conclude
About                 Among                  Although               For instance           Finally
After                 Behind                 Still                  Besides                Lastly
Finally               Below                  Yet                    Another                To sum up
As soon as            Near                   However                Again                  Therefore
Tomorrow              In front of            But                    Additionally           As a result
First                 throughout             On the other           Also                   All in all

Look at some example of sentences that contain transitions:

On the weekend, we went to the library. Afterwards, we went shopping.

Martha is very selfish with her money. In contrast, Jennifer is extremely generous.

I get very nervous when I have to present in front of my peers. As a result, I try to
avoid these situations.

The following paragraph has no transitional words or phrases. Rewrite it with
transitions to improve its coherence.

No person can live in the world alone. Each person depends on hundreds of others
to provide the basic needs of food and transportation. We depend on people for love
and understanding. There are times when we need to be on our own with nature and
our inner thoughts. We need to reach a balance between being alone and being with
others. We will find happiness.






(Adapted from Language Power Book G. Toronto: Gage Educational Publishing Com-pany, 2000., and Write Source 2000
Scarborough: Nelson Publishing Company, 1999.)

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