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 Transition   Words
 Repetition

 Pronouns
Transition Words
   Transition words, like signal words, help guide your reader so they do
    not get lost reading.
   Examples:
       For example
       However
       In addition
       Then
       First
       Second
       Because
       After
       Before
       Consequently
       Therefore
       Although
       Thus
Transition Words Examples
   John loves sports; for example, he has a
    basketball hoop in his driveway, an Olympic-
    sized swimming pool in his backyard, and a
    horseshoe pit in his front yard.
   John loves sports because his mother and
    father have always encouraged him and have
    never forced him to participate.
Repetition
   When you repeat a word, you create a link
    from one sentence to another or from one
    paragraph to another. This helps your reader
    stay on track
   ***If you used the same word five or more
    times in a single paragraph, you should think
    about using synonyms.
Repetition Example
   Winston Churchill uses repetition to drive his
    point home:
       Never give in---never, never, never, never--in
        nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in
        except to convictions of honor and good sense.
        Never yield to force; never yield to force; never
        yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the
        enemy.
Pronouns
   Pronouns help you save space and to save
    your reader from reading the same word over
    and over again.
   Example without Pronouns:
       Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open in the year 2000
        by an unprecedented 15 strokes. Tiger Woods
        led wire to wire, shooting 65-69-71-67 in the four
        rounds of the tournament. Through the entire
        tournament, Tiger Woods did not three-putt a
        single time.
Example with Pronouns:
   Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open in the year
    2000 by an unprecedented 15 strokes. He
    led wire to wire, shooting 65-69-71-67 in the
    four rounds of the tournament. Throughout
    the entire tournament, he did not three-putt a
    single time.
Practice!
   Dissect the quote below:
       “There is one way to find out if a man is honest -
        ask him. If he says yes, you know he is crooked.”-
        Groucho Marx
   Using the quote create a three P thesis.
   After generating your three P thesis, use the
    prongs to create your three body paragraph
    topic sentences.

				
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