Transitions lead the reader from one thought to another within a paragraph or between paragraphs. Transitions allow for the smooth flow from one sentence to another and from one paragraph to the next.
Linking words connect what has come before with what is to follow
Words and phrases used for support:
For one thing
As an example
Words and phrases used to introduce main ideas:
As a rule
In most cases
On the whole
*Be very careful if you use one of these. There are very few absolutes in this world.
Words and Phrases Used for Transitions of Time
By that time
First, second, third
From then on
Words and Phrases Used for Transitions
Cause and Effect
The cause-effect pattern of writing is common in American colleges because it is a method to explain the reasons for particular events, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.
As a result
In the same way