How do I use transition statements?

CWI Writing Center: Transition Sentences

All well-organized forms of communication use transitions. Transition sentences in essays or speeches provide a smooth change between one topic and the next, which improves flow.


  • make writing or speeches easier to follow and understand.
  • introduce the next main point of the thesis statement.
  • are usually words, phrases, or sentences that bridge two ideas together.
  • are found in the topic (first) or conclusion (last) sentence of a paragraph.

Transitional Words and Phrases

The different types of transitions can assist a writer with building on an idea, forming a comparison, proving a theory, highlighting an exception, proving a point, giving an example, showing a sequence, or concluding a thought.

A chart illustrating some transitional phrases and stuff.

Full-Sentence Transitions between Paragraphs

Weak and Strong Transition Examples

Check the Transitions

  • Read segments of the paper aloud with the transition. Ensure one idea logically follows another idea with minimal confusion.
  • The paper should read easily and make sense. If a transition is not working, consider ordering the paper’s paragraph topics in a different way.

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