Use of Transitions in Writing
I write my paper by using transitions to make it flow. What are transitions? A transition is any word, phrase or sentence which links another word, phrase, sentence or paragraph and enables the piece of written work to flow smoothly. Transitions can ‘wake up’ a written work, making it interesting and less choppy. Words like ‘yet’, ‘and’, ‘but’ which are usually used in the middle of a sentence, can be used at the beginning as a transition. They allow the essay to flow seamlessly from one idea to another.
Take the word ‘but’ for instance. Words like ‘but’ are usually used in the middle of a sentence.
Example: I want to go out but it is raining.
But, transitions can be used in the beginning to emphasise a point. I just did that. I used ‘but’ in the beginning of my follow-up sentence instead of the middle. This lays emphasis on the content of the sentence following the ‘but’ and shows the continuity of the thought process from the previous sentence. One tip to recognise transitions – transitions are the word, phrase or sentence we use followed by a comma.
Example: I have been waiting ages for my package to be delivered. Finally, it is here!
Example: My brother is going to the beach with his friends. They are taking the car to get there. They have a lot of things to take with them – grammatically correct but pretty bland.
Same example with a transition – My brother is going to the beach with his friends. By the way, they are taking the car as they have a lot of things to take with them.
Be careful though, not to overuse transitions in writing.
Here are some commonly used transitions:
- Instead of
- Of course
- Second (…and so on)
- By the way
Now, go make your essays flow!