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.
Full-Sentence Transitions between Paragraphs
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.