-David Kong-

Transitions are more than just your move from high school to college or from college to real life. In writing, transitions are used to connect one idea to the next, sort of like word bridges. Pictured below is a word bridge:


Transitions allow paragraphs to flow more smoothly into each other. They can help the reader understand more of what the writer is saying because they can reference an idea previously stated in the reading.

Now, transitions are used for more than just connecting ideas. They can be used to add an idea, compare two things, show an exception, time, sequence of events, repeat, emphasize, or give an example.

Some cases where you would use transitions are:

Referring back to something you said, while also adding to the topic:

As I previously stated I like waffles, but only with if they have syrup on them.

As I said before there are no good Nicholas Cage movies, however I still enjoyed National Treasure.

In addition to being healthier, exercising also makes you stronger and have more endurance.

Saying when and what order a series of events happened in:

First, I told my mom that I failed the quiz. Second, she punished me for a week. Third, I then learned that I should study more before a quiz.

To help show the reader what you mean:

For example, Rubik’s cubes are a type of puzzle.

To give an idea, the current was so strong, I could not swim back to where the raft was.

Transitions can also help the reader make sense of two different ideas that are stated. For example, if the writer is being jumpy in their work, the transition could tie in the two ideas that are being discussed and make the whole work of writing make more sense.

There are different situations in which transitions can be used such as between sections, connecting paragraphs, and even to move within a paragraph. They are basically used to organize thoughts in a way that makes sense.

Transition Tips:

  • Try not to use the same transition word over and over, because the reader will get bored and it will feel weird to read.
  • Use transitions to make a smooth movement from one idea to the next, instead of abruptly changing from one topic to another.
  • Some transition words sound more professional and go along better in certain circumstances than others.
  • End the first idea with something to relate to in the following idea.

If used correctly, transitions can make you sound smarter and more organized to your audience.


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