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Transition Cues

Transitions help readers connect the ideas in a piece of writing; they're the glue that shows how pieces of your text fit together. Often all you'll need is a word or phrase to lead readers through your text.

Cues that
lead forwardlead through a sequencelead through cause and effect relationships
compare and contrastclarify or emphasizelead to concessions, reservations, dismissals, or conditions.
lead to conclusions

Cues that lead readers forward from information they've already read to new information.

Cues that lead readers through a sequence

Cues that draw readers' attention to cause and effect relationships

Cues that make readers stop and compare what they've just read to what they're about to read

Cues that lead readers into statements that clarify or emphasize

Cues that lead readers into concessions, reservations, dismissals, or conditions

Cues that lead readers into a summary or conclusion

For additional information on strategies which enable readers to connect the ideas in a piece of writing, see Cohesion.

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Last update: 5 October 1999

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