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Subsection 4.2.3 Writing Transitions

Transitions are the signposts that alert the reader that there’s a hairpin turn ahead or that they’re crossing state lines, and, body paragraphs are the landmarks along the way that make the reader appreciate the journey toward understanding your thesis.

The Signposts.

Whether you are expressing a similar idea or introducing a completely new one, transitions can be useful when you want to move from one thought to another. Transitions act as the signposts for your paper, guiding the reader from one thought to another while minimizing unexpected surprises. Below are some examples of transitional expressions and how to use them.
A brown cartoon signpost pointing to one side, bearing the text, "Reader, this way!"
To add to a previous idea or to introduce a new idea
In addition, additionally, furthermore, similarly, along the same lines, in the same way, comparatively, along with, as previously mentioned, also, likewise, moreover
To elaborate
For example, for instance, specifically, in particular, to elucidate/elaborate
To contradict a previous idea/show discrepancy
However, even though, although, while, even with, in spite of, despite, in contrast, on the other hand, but, contradictorily, nevertheless, nonetheless, meanwhile
To show cause and effect
Therefore, thus, hence, correspondingly, consequently, accordingly, in light of, because, it follows that, for this reason
To conclude a thought
All in all, overall, to conclude, in conclusion
To show sequence
First, before, in order to, initially, originally, to begin, precedingly, next, then, during, currently, concurrently, at the same time, simultaneously, meanwhile, after, finally