How to write a transition sentence

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Transitions are important for clear writing as they show the reader how different parts of your essay, paper, or thesis are linked.

Transition sentences will help you create a well-structured research paper or essay with sentences that flow naturally from one point to the next.

It is essential to learn this type. You will have many argumentative essay assignments throughout your college education.

What is a transition?

A transition in writing is a word or phrase that connects one concept to the next. This link can be made within a paragraph or between them. Transitions are used to demonstrate how sentences or paragraphs relate to one another as well as to the paper’s thesis statement.

Transition between paragraphs

The opening sentence of each new paragraph should clearly express:

By summarizing the preceding paragraph and indicating part of the content of the paragraph that follows, the transition will emphasize an existing relationship.

Transition example 1

Many examples of symbolism may be found in the author’s work.

Multiple themes are featured in the narrative.

The transition serves to show the reader how the two paragraphs are connected and to point out the underlying unities.

Transition example 2

Throughout the novel, the characters were unable to sleep due to a variety of loud noises.
The characters were unable to leave the next day on their journey.
The transition connects the two paragraphs by demonstrating that the incident stated in the first paragraph was a result of the event described in the second paragraph.

…These quotations reveal the general consensus. Some scholars who disagree with this consensus are discussed in the next paragraph.

The first dissenter to think about is…

…These quotations reveal the general consensus. Some scholars, however, disagree with this consensus. The first dissenter to think about is…

Transition words

When moving the emphasis from one detail to another, there are literally dozens of transition phrases to select from. Here are some samples of some of the categories and word combinations accessible to you to give you a broad sense of options.

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Questions to Ask Yourself

Your answers to these four fundamental questions should make it easier for you to figure out which types of transition words might work best at the start of each paragraph.

Transitions within a paragraph

It’s also critical to employ good transitions inside each paragraph, guiding the reader smoothly through your ideas and avoiding ambiguity.

The known-new contract

A valuable writing idea is the known-new contract, which infers that a new sentence should start with reference to information from the prior sentence and then relate it to new information.

The Toulmin model is essential when it comes to how to write an argumentative essay, as many students widely use it.

The known-new contract is only a suggestion. It’s not necessary to build every sentence this way, but it’s a good strategy to follow if you’re having trouble keeping your sentences together.

Examples of effective transitions

Example 1

The British were no match for Napoleon and his navy. In fact, Napoleon lost nearly every sea engagement he fought.

The French army was a formidable force. It conquered most of continental Europe under Napoleon’s instructions.

The British were no match for Napoleon and his navy. In fact, Napoleon lost nearly every sea engagement he fought.

The French army, on the other hand, was extremely strong and powerful. It conquered most of continental Europe under Napoleon’s instructions.

Example 2

The historical society held a bake sale, car wash, and book fair in October. The department chair was ecstatic with the student’s achievements.

The historical society does not have sufficient funds to travel to Ottawa. The students are all highly dissatisfied.
The historical society held a bake sale, car wash, and book fair in October. The department chair was ecstatic with the students’ achievements.

Despite their best efforts, the historical organization was unable to raise enough funds to travel to Ottawa. The students are all highly dissatisfied.

Example 3

In Book A, the characters are faced with the moral dilemma of a disputed inheritance, which is a large sum of money.

The inheritance in Book B is an ancient house. The characters in Book B are confronted with a similar issue.

In Book A, the characters are faced with a moral dilemma: a disputed inheritance. Despite the fact that the inheritance in Book B is an ancient house rather than a large sum of money, the essence of the situation is very similar.

When to use transition sentences

You don’t need a transition in a paragraph that discusses the same two topics or examples.

While transition words like “in addition,” “however,” and “also” can be highly useful, they should be used in moderation. Otherwise, the paper will come out as pretentious.

If two concepts are placed next to each other in your paper but do not appear to be linked, one of them may not belong or should be relocated to a separate part.

Transition sentences are necessary for a well-structured paper as they offer new ideas and assist the reader’s comprehension. If you follow these steps and tips, writing excellent transition sentences won’t be too hard. Before writing, feel free to analyze our sample essays.

Frequently Asked Questions

A transition in writing is a word or phrase that connects one concept to the next. This link can be made within a paragraph or between them. Transitions are used to demonstrate how sentences or paragraphs relate to one another as well as to the paper’s thesis statement.

Transitions are important for clear writing as they show the reader how different parts of your essay, paper, or thesis are linked. Transition sentences will help you create well-structured research paper or essay with sentences that flow naturally from one point to the next.

You can start your transition sentence by summarizing the preceding paragraph and indicating part of the content of the paragraph that follows.

Below, highlighted phrase creates the transition.

The British were no match for Napoleon and his navy. In fact, Napoleon lost nearly every sea engagement he fought.

The French army, on the other hand, was extremely strong and powerful. It conquered most of continental Europe under Napoleon’s instructions.

Thank you for reading. If you need further information, feel free to have a look at our essay samples or contact us at live chat.

Deniz Akcaoglu
Deniz Akcaoglu
Content editor and writer. Probably out there trying to get into an obscure band she actually hates the sound of.

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