Good Transitions In Essays

If you need a more in-depth course on this topic, you may read A Writer’s Guide To Transitional Words and Expressions.

Odds are, you’re already familiar with a typical essay structure: introduction, body, and conclusion.

Once you have the outline mapped out, move the pieces around.

Sometimes, the order in which you started out writing your paper doesn’t flow logically once you have developed your ideas further.

The words and phrases below are mostly used in persuasive (argumentative) essays where you need to convince the readers of your opinion in a confident manner.

But in fact, they’re useful in almost any type of writing (such as expository essays) simply to keep the structure intact.

Because, chances are, just using a transitional word is not enough to properly link your ideas together with logical coherence.

In order to avoid this habit, try writing the new information you want to convey first without using a transition word.

For example, say you are writing about why cheddar cheese is the best to use in a grilled cheese sandwich and you want to transition from a paragraph discussing the flavor of cheddar cheese to a new paragraph discussing its gooey texture when it melts.

A poor transition would read: While both sentences clearly state that cheddar cheese has a gooey texture, the first sentence simply announces this statement without showing how it connected to the previous paragraph, and without showing how it relates to her overall argument.

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