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What are good transition words?

Asked by Quinnk123 (201points) April 4th, 2011

I am writing an essay and I cannot think of any transition words. I need words that would be great to open a paragraph, like as the topic sentence.

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Porifera's avatar

You don’t need a transition word to write a topic sentence. Transition words are used to smoothly connect ideas or paragraphs and give cohesion to your writing. The kind of transition words you choose would depend on the kind of relationship there is between your ideas or sentences. Transition words to go from one paragraph to the next, also depend on how you want to connect the ideas in those paragraphs. You need to ask questions like Am I adding info? Comparing/contrasting? Summarizing? Check here for a list of useful transition words “link”:

kavitamartin's avatar

To improve your writing you need to make sure that your ideas, both in sentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence and that the gap between ideas is bridged smoothly:
change the line use:however,on the other hand,but,yet,nevertheless,on the contrary
pening a paragraph initially:certainly,granted,no doubt,nobody denies,obviously,of course,to be sure,true,undoubtedly,unquestionably,generally speaking

gambitking's avatar

Too many fluffy adjectives can weaken a paragraph, or an entire essay. Try to not lean on them for transitions if possible.

Also a topic sentence isn’t really transitional. And if a topic sentence is not in your opening paragraph (which would mean there’s no reason for transitional words there), and if it isn’t in your final paragraph, it’s not really doing its job as sort of a ‘thesis statement’.

Are you sure you are asking for the right thing? Hint: More details next time !!

global_nomad's avatar

Transition words shouldn’t open the paragraph or start the topic sentence. The topic sentence needs to be a statement. Some good transition words to keep in mind for the body of your paragraph though: furthermore, moreover, additionally, in addition, however, on the other hand, conversely, although, yet…Remember to never use “but” as a transition word to begin a sentence with.

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