Transitions in Essays eng 102 Writing Project #2 Sarah Dye What are transitions?

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Transitions in Essays

  • ENG 102
  • Writing Project #2
  • Sarah Dye

What are transitions?

  • Transitions are words that help the audience follow your train of thought.
  • Transitions help the reader connect new information to what he or she has just read.

Transitions which show location:

  • Above
  • Across
  • Near
  • Between
  • Inside
  • Below
  • Throughout

Transitions which show time:

  • After
  • As soon as
  • Finally
  • During
  • Then
  • When
  • Next

Transitions which compare:

  • Also
  • Likewise
  • As
  • Similarly

Transitions which contrast:

  • Although
  • However
  • But
  • Even though
  • Yet

Transitions which emphasize:

  • This reason
  • Especially
  • In fact
  • In particular

Transitions which draw conclusions:

  • As a result
  • Finally
  • Therefore
  • In conclusion
  • Thus

Transitions which add information:

  • Additionally
  • For example
  • Besides
  • Moreover
  • Also

Transitions which clarify:

Special transitions: lead-ins

  • Lead-ins are special transitions that provide context for the reader when introducing evidence or concrete detail.
  • A lead-in should include the essential information needed to make sense of the example that follows it.

Information in a lead-in may include:

Examples of lead-ins

  • Notice in the following examples on the next two slides how the lead-ins provide context for each quotation, but also include some of the writer’s own interpretation to help the audience understand the purpose of the quotations:

Example 1

  • Later, however, when the confident Sidney Carton returns alone to his home, his alienation and unhappiness become apparent: “Climbing into a high chamber in a well of houses, he threw himself down in his clothes on a neglected bed, and its pillow was wet with wasted tears” (Dickens 211).

Example 2

  • Desdemona truly loves Othello. She tells her father in front of the Duke, “I saw Othello’s visage in his mind / And to his honors and his valiant parts / Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate” (1.3.248-250).

Information in this PowerPoint presentation is from

  • Writing with Style:
  • Writing and Style Manual  from
  • Poway Unified School District  

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