Writing Transitions

Writing Transitions

Transitions are one of the trickiest aspects of writing. They're what tie together all the different parts of your paper, and good transitions will help make your paper logical and easy to read. On the other hand, a paper with bad transitions will be choppy and hard to follow. So next time you sit down to write, consider these helpful transition writing tips.

What is a transition?

Transitions are like road maps for readers - they tell the reader something about where he's been and also about where he's headed. Without these signs the reader will get lost and likely find your paper confusing. To avoid this problem, every time you move between paragraphs you need to include wording that will tell the readers how each of the paragraphs fit together to make a whole. Good transitions will tie together the ideas in succeeding paragraphs so that the reader can move seamlessly from one paragraph to the next.

How to write transitions

The first step in writing a good transition is to ask yourself how the paragraphs fit together. Are you presenting an opposing point of view? Adding evidence to an already established argument? Moving on to another topic? Once you understand what you're trying to accomplish, you can use transitional words like the ones below to easily move the reader between paragraphs.
Another good guideline for writing transitions is to take ideas, or even particular wording, from the previous paragraph and repeat it in the opening sentence of the next paragraph. It will help carry the reader smoothly into the next section and will also help reinforce your ideas.

Transition words

To compare

on the other hand; however; conversely; unlike; meanwhile; in contrast; in comparison; nevertheless; although; similarly; likewise
...Because of these measures, Franklin Roosevelt's administration will always be linked in the minds of many Americans with his social welfare policies.
Unlike Roosevelt, President Ronald Regan is often associated with lower taxes and other austerity measures...
...Hamlet is a play that relies on the trick of a play-within-a-play to force the characters feelings to the surface.
A Midsummer Night's Dream likewise uses the play-within-a-play to evoke reactions from its love-struck heroes...

To show time or sequence

first; second; next; last; previously; after; following this; at the same time; simultaneously; thereafter; later; finally
...The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case during their 2002 session.
At the same time, a similar case was making its way through the United Nation's International Court of Justice...
...The patients who participated in the doctor-supervised diet plan lost an average of 8 lbs. over the course of a year.
Following this loss, patients were monitored as they attempted to continue the weight loss program on their own...
...New regulations for CO2 emissions were set to go into effect in 2015.
After this legislation was signed, stock prices for oil and gas companies took a major hit....

To show consequence

hence; therefore; as a consequence; because of; as a result; because; for this reason; indeed; despite
...Despite the protestations of Elizabeth, Charlotte agrees to marry Mr. Collins to alleviate the burden on her family.
Because of Charlotte's decision, Elizabeth later meets, and quickly offends, the pompous Lady Catherine, who presides over Mr. Collins' parish...
...Sherman's March to the Sea left large swaths of the south devastated and without access to crops, livestock, or other necessary goods.
As a consequence of Sherman's zeal, many southerners carried ill-will towards the North long after the Civil War was over...
...Marlow is warned from the moment he sets foot in Africa that his journey to find Kurtz is likely to end in violence and savagery.
Despite these warnings, Marlow has no choice but to press on into the jungle...

To add another example

again; in addition; furthermore; for example; for instance; to demonstrate; moreover; equally important; another
...The heartbreaking and unexpected death of the main character is one of the reasons Bridge to Terabithia is so vividly remembered by readers even decades later.
In addition to Leslie's death, the imaginative kingdom of Terabithia is another reasons many readers carry a fondness for the book well into adulthood...
...Several studies have confirmed the strong effect that sleep deprivation can have on problem-solving skills.
Another example of the dangers of sleep deprivation can be seen in studies measuring the impact of sleep on the reflexes of long-haul truck drivers...

To emphasize or repeat

obviously; certainly; without a doubt; surprisingly; in fact; naturally; undeniably; as was noted earlier
...While the battle was one of the bloodiest in U.S. history, the war was far from over.
Without a doubt troops from the South were eager to seek revenge for their loss, but the battle had left them sorely in need of supplies and reinforcements...
...An internal investigation showed that the orders had come from the very top of the corporate hierarchy.
Obviously, the fact that the company knew of the campaign was likely to strongly effect their reputation and sales...

To conclude

in conclusion; to sum up; on the whole; in brief; as has been shown; to conclude
...While the tests were far from conclusive, the weak correlation is enough to warrant further research.
In conclusion, while little is known about the effects of anti-depressants on pregnant women, the issue is certainly pressing enough to merit extensive testing...
...It is due to her own hubris and greed that Lady Macbeth meets her violent end.
As has been shown, none of the characters from Shakespeare's Macbeth are clear-cut villains...

Quick tips for writing transitions

  • Mix it up. Don't use the same transitions at the beginning of each paragraph-it will make your paper boring and it looks unprofessional.
  • Similarly, don't use sequential words like first, second, third, etc. to start each paragraph. It will make your work read more like a numbered list than a well-thought out piece of writing.
  • Don't force your transitions. If you're having trouble finding the relationship between two paragraphs, it might mean that they don't fit together well and should be moved or deleted.
  • Get the punctuation right. Many transitional words and phrases require a comma when used at the start of a sentence.

Our TOP writers

TOP 10
Writer 124157
ID 124157

Master's in Project Management, PMP, Six Sigma

Rating 97.2%
(97.2%)
8 review about writer 124157

1394 written pages

156 orders

136 a+ papers

My Master’s degree and comprehensive writing experience allow me to complete any order fast and hit the nail on the head every time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 101630
ID 101630

MBA, PMP, ITIL

Rating 99.5%
(99.5%)
7 review about writer 101630

4028 written pages

504 orders

484 a+ papers

I am an MBA, PMP, ITIL writer that consistently delivers unique, quality papers. I take pride in my experience and quickness.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 92859
ID 92859

MS in Human Resource Management

Rating 99.1%
(99.1%)
9 review about writer 92859

2115 written pages

707 orders

665 a+ papers

I am an MS in Human Resource Management and my goal is to help students with flawless, unique papers, delivered on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 89474
ID 89474

RN, MSN, PCN, PHN

Rating 99.2%
(99.2%)
6 review about writer 89474

4555 written pages

913 orders

831 a+ papers

As a medical worker (RN, PCN), I can quickly deal with any medical paper. My expertise and writing skills are perfect for this job.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 124855
ID 124855

MPA, MHA

Rating 99.9%
(99.9%)
8 review about writer 124855

489 written pages

62 orders

61 a+ papers

I have MPA, MHA degrees but, most importantly, experience and skills to provide unique, well-written papers on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 84133
ID 84133

DNP, BA, APN, PMHNP-BC

Rating 100%
(100%)
9 review about writer 84133

1583 written pages

529 orders

508 a+ papers

I can write about multiple areas and countless topics, as I have a DNP and BA degrees. High-quality writing is my second name.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 102166
ID 102166

PhD in American History

Rating 99.2%
(99.2%)
8 review about writer 102166

2907 written pages

416 orders

399 a+ papers

A PhD in American history comes handy. Unique papers, any topics, swift delivery — helping with academic writing is my passion.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 47072
ID 47072

MA, PsyD, LMFT

Rating 99.2%
(99.2%)
7 review about writer 47072

21030 written pages

2630 orders

2288 a+ papers

Incredibly fast PsyD writer. Efficient paper writing for college. Hundreds of different tasks finished. Satisfaction guaranteed.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 99022
ID 99022

MEd, NCC, LPC, LMFT

Rating 97.1%
(97.1%)
9 review about writer 99022

1605 written pages

268 orders

260 a+ papers

Top-ranked writer with tons of experience. Ready to take on any task, and make it unique, as well as objectively good. Always ready!

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 107367
ID 107367

MSW, LICSWA, DSW-C

Rating 99.1%
(99.1%)
8 review about writer 107367

3095 written pages

345 orders

335 a+ papers

Experienced Social Work expert focused on good writing, total uniqueness, and customer satisfaction. My goal — to help YOU.

hire writer

Buy your papers from the best writing service

Have your tasks done by our professionals to get the best possible results.

total: $8.51
Confidentiality

NO Billing information is kept with us. You pay through secure and verified payment systems.

Quality

All papers we provide are of the highest quality with a well-researched material, proper format and citation style.

Communication

Our 24/7 Support team is available to assist you at any time. You also can communicate with your writer during the whole process.

Authorship

You are the single owner of the completed order. We DO NOT resell any papers written by our expert

Originality

All orders are done from scratch following your instructions. Also, papers are reviewed for plagiarism and grammar mistakes.

Samples

You can check the quality of our work by looking at various paper examples in the Samples section on our website.

Special price $8.51/page
Place an order
63,000
more than 63,000 times students trusted us to write their papers
9/10
9 out of 10 customers recommend us*
92%
92% of our customers have placed more than 7 orders
*data is based on 6,568 customers' feedback received from Jan 1, 2017 till Jan 1, 2018.
Special price $8.51/page
Place an order
Customer #5150

I wasn't sure about the presentation quality you provide, but you did a wonderful job! Glad I ordered it from you!

Customer #5079

I love history - that's why I'm majoring in it, but I don't have time to put together a whole thesis about it. I mean, at first I tried doing it myself, but why sweat over it when I can just pay and have it done in a few days? I had to ask for a minor revision for the references page, but otherwise, everything's ok. My writer did everything quickly, I liked it.

Estimated Deadline: Monday, Nov 09 6:22 AM in Your timezone
Total price: $8.51
Price starts from $8.51
Regular discounts and offers
Excellent results guaranteed
Professional 24/7 support

Free samples of our work

There are different types of essays: narrative, persuasive, compare\contrast, definition and many many others. They are written using a required citation style, where the most common are APA and MLA. We want to share some of the essays samples written on various topics using different citation styles.

services
Hey, you...Yes, you! Don’t you want to get your Discount?
binder1
binder2
Your discount will be
sent to the email!

I have read and agree to the Terms of Use, Money Back Guarantee, Privacy and Cookie Policy of BestCustomWriting.com

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Use your opportunity to get a discount!

To get your special discount, write your email below

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Best papers and best prices!

Want to get quality paper done on time cheaper?

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot