Transition words are a vital element when writing in English. They are a helpful tool when trying to express an idea. However, they may become quite confusing for English learners. That’s why we decided to have this introductory article to help you apply transition words to your written texts. In this way, you will get a step further to mastering the English language!
Understanding how transition words work is as important as knowing how to speak or write in English. A mediocre text can adopt an academic insight just by adding a correct selection of transition words. Learn what they are, how to use them, and keep on improving your English level.
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Transition words, also known as linking words or phrases, are predetermined expressions that help us link ideas within a text. By using them, our readers will get a clearer picture of what we want to say. Moreover, transition words are a helpful tool to predict what is going to happen. How so? Well, for example, some of them take the first place of a sentence. Thus, readers know what is about to come and how it will link to what came before.
We can divide transition words into different categories depending on their use. While some of them show agreement, others express contradiction. We can implement them to introduce a topic or to conclude it. As an English learner, it is essential to know what categories exist to implement them in your own writing. Let’s take a look at the different types of transition words and how to use them.
Now that we know how to categorize and apply transition words, we can introduce different examples to show them in use. But before jumping into all categories, let’s take a look at how transition words work. Check the differences between these two texts.
Cooking at home is a fun and simple activity. Making homemade pizza is not a difficult task. It takes just a few steps to have it done. You need to prepare the dough with the right ingredients. Then, chop some onions and cook the tomato sauce. You can add some more elements to it if you want. Garlic gives a nice flavor to it. Then, put the sauce and mozzarella cheese onto the dough and take it to the oven. It is very easy!. It only takes three simple steps to have your own delicious pizza at home. But you have to be very careful not to overcook it!
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Cooking at home is a fun and simple activity. For instance, making a homemade pizza is not a difficult task. In fact, it takes just a few steps to have it done. Firstly, you need to prepare the dough with the right ingredients. Secondly, chop some onions and cook the tomato sauce. You can add some more elements to it if you want. For example, garlic gives a nice flavor to it. Last but not least, put the sauce and mozzarella cheese onto the dough and take it to the oven. It is very easy! In short, it only takes three simple steps to have your own delicious pizza at home. However, you have to be very careful not to overcook it!
What are the differences between paragraph A and paragraph B? Both of them have the same content and explain the same process. However, paragraph B is easier to read and understand due to the use of transition words. If this is so in an elementary and straightforward text like preparing a homemade pizza (although it’s pretty incomplete, I know), imagine the impact transition words would have within an entire article. Awesome, right?
But these are not the only transition words. There are many of them, and you can use them indistinctly as long as they adjust to what you want to say in your text. Let’s look at this chart with some practical examples and how to apply them within a paragraph.
|Cause and effect||As a result, thus, for this reason, hence, therefore.||She didn’t get in time to the airport. As a result, she missed her plane and had to buy a new ticket.|
|Clarification/Explanation||In other words, that is to say, by all means, in this case.||Learning English is very simple and valuable. In other words, anyone can benefit from it.|
|Contrast||Although, however, despite, but, regardless.||Sam wasn’t planning to celebrate his birthday. However, many of his friends went to his house as a surprise.|
|Example||For example, for instance, in fact, in particular.||Transition words serve as a link between two events. For example, you can show contrast or agreement with them.|
|Emphasis||Especially, specifically, precisely, particularly, surprisingly.||You should use transition words in a text, especially when writing a formal one.|
|Enumeration/Addition||Firstly, secondly, last but not least, in addition, moreover.||Transition words make your text look more aesthetic. Moreover, readers will find it easier to read.|
|Time||Meanwhile, after that, then, in the meantime.||You should practice your pronunciation with your classmates and teacher. In the meantime, you can also listen to music to improve it.|
|Similarity||Likewise, in the same way, similarly, equally, comparatively.||
She wanted her family to feel at home during their stay. In the same way, her husband did his best to attend to their needs.
|Conclusion||To sum up, all in all, in conclusion, in short.||To sum up, transition words are an essential part of the English language.|
As you may have already imagined, there are many more transition words than these. These are just some examples, and you can ask your English teacher at Inmersivo, Empointe’s learning platform, for more of them. Feel free to contact us for more information to take a step further towards mastering the English language! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive more news and updates. Don’t forget to follow us on our social media! Thanks for reading!