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The Skidmore Guide to Writing


These terms help the reader understand the logic of your writing by connecting one sentence to another and one paragraph to another. Common transitional terms include

  • however, nevertheless
  • on the contrary, on the other hand, although
  • similarly, likewise
  • for example, for instance
  • furthermore, consequently, moreover, therefore
  • besides, also, in addition.

Transitions are easy to establish if you pick up a key term in one sentence and reword it in the next sentence. This reference helps the reader to follow your thinking. Furthermore, by using transitions, you will avoid choppy style. (We've shown two strategies for making transitions - repeating a key term and using a transitional word - in the preceding three sentences.)

A "transition" is one of the useful terms you should know. To read about others click here.