Transitions can be used in diverse circumstances. A transition can be a word, a phrase or even an entire paragraph. The function of a transition is the same in each case: it summarizes the content of the preceding paragraph or section and it helps the reader anticipate what’s to come in the next paragraph. However, the major function is not just to embellish one’s writing by making it read or sound better; these are words which serve the function of presenting the ideas in such a way that help the readers react in particular ways to the ideas presented. They play a very important part in helping the readers see the logical sequence of the idea.
Effectively constructing each transition often depends upon your ability to identify words or phrases that will indicate for the reader the kind of logical relationships you want to convey. The table below should make it easier for you to find these words or phrases. Whenever you have trouble finding a word, phrase, or sentence to serve as an effective transition, refer to the information in the table for assistance. Look in the left column of the table for the kind of logical relationship you are trying to express. Then look in the right column of the table for examples of words or phrases that express this logical relationship.