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Prose Parade
Grammar and writing basics

October 20, 2010


I’ve been mulling transitions recently, probably because I’ve haven’t seen them used very often; just herky, jerky sentences strung together. So, to make me feel better and to point would-be writers in the right direction, here’s my section on transitions taken from the page on syntax and style.

Transitions tie ideas, sentences and paragraphs together and keep the reader’s eyes moving across the page smoothly and efficiently. Usually, they’re just one word or a couple of words, but they’re vital to interesting reading. These transitions indicate relationships.

1. Transitions that add
And also in addition too furthermore moreover likewise

2. Transitions that contrast
Although however nevertheless

3. Transitions that prove
Because obviously in fact

4. Transitions that exclude
Yet still despite sometimes
(Yes, I know the word “but” excludes, but I don’t like to see it starting a sentence, no matter who says it’s OK now. Phooey.)

5. Transitions that emphasize
Definitely positively absolutely without a doubt

6. Transitions that show progression
first, second, third A, B, C after now next

These are always useful in a step-by-step essay, but don’t, for the love of Mike copy Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, and mix and match them.

7. Transitions that set an example
for example for instance

8. Transitions that end it
in conclusion thus consequently

Iif you must use “thus,” OK, but to me this is very old-fashioned)