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Transition words are words that help connect or link ideas, phrases, sentences, or paragraphs. These words help the reader smoothly through ideas by creating a bridge between them. It would hard for readers to immediately jump from one idea to the next, so transitions help the reader move smoothly through the ideas instead.
Transition words can be used to show addition. Sometimes you may want to add on to an idea you have already expressed, and transitions of addition can help you add ideas or information.
|Transitions of Addition|
|Similarly||Likewise||For example||In addition to…||Another…|
Here is an example of using one these transitions:
I have always liked cats because they are small and cute. Also, they are good hunters.
You see that “Also,” helps us move from one idea to another. We move from the idea that the speaker likes cats because they are cute to the fact that the speaker thinks that cats are good hunters.
Transition words can also be used to show time. They can demonstrate in what order something happens, when something happened, or how often something happens.
|Transitions of Time|
|After / Afterwards||First / Second||Then||At first||Rarely|
|eventually||immediately||To begin with||Meanwhile||Soon|
Here is an example of using a transition of time to show when events happened:
First, we went to the store to buy a fish. Then, we went home to set up the tank for the fish.
The transitions “First” and “Then” help us understand the order of events. The speaker went to the store and then set up the tank. We know the order because of the transitions. While the order seems logical in this sentence, transitions become very helpful when the order of events is confusing or there are lots of events happening.
Transitions also help us move smoothly from one paragraph to the next. Transitions do this by concluding one paragraph and opening another. Most paragraphs try to have a conclusion that is nice and tidy. This makes the reader feel as though the paragraph and the point made in the paragraph are complete. Transitions of conclusion try to summarize the information in the paragraph and end the paragraph.
Examine the transition of conclusion in the following paragraph:
Our school is a wonderful school. We have a lovely red bird as our mascot, and our teachers are really nice. They always smile at us and talk to us. They are very smart. Our school has nice tables in the cafeteria and it serves good food. The floors are always clean and waxed, and it always smells like lemon. To sum up, our school is great because the teachers are always nice and the building is always clean.
The phrase “to sum up” gives us a clear end to this paragraph by reminding us of the key information and the main idea, which is that the school is great. After reading the transition to conclusion, we are ready to move on to the next paragraph.
Transitions help the reader move between ideas or paragraphs by creating a bridge between them.
Transition Words Worksheets
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Transition Words worksheets?that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of Transition words which are words that help connect or link ideas, phrases, sentences, or paragraphs.
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