Most Commonly Used Transitions
- Show location:
above, across, against, along, among, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, by, down, in back of, in front of, inside, into, near, off, onto, on top of, outside, over, throughout, to the right, under
- Show time:
about, after, at, before, during, first, second, third, till, until, meanwhile, today, tomorrow, next week, yesterday, soon, later, afterward, immediately, finally, then, next, as soon as, when
- Compare two things:
likewise, as, similarly, like
- Add information:
again, also, additionally, in addition, another, and, besides, for example, for instance, moreover, next, finally, as well, along with
Transitions to Add Voice to Your Writing
- This is my favorite part.
- Let me begin.
- Let’s start from the beginning.
- Sooner or later….
- on the other hand….
- This may be true, but….
- At the same time..
- In the first place…
- Now you see…
- For instance…
- What happened next still gives me the willies!
- In the meantime…
- And guess what?
- You won’t believe what happened next.
- The first thing that happened was…
- The first step is a piece of cake.
- This next part is a doozie.
- Now comes the part that got me into trouble.
- When you hear what happened….
- I wish I had more time to tell you about ….
- If you think that’s bad, wait till you hear what happened next
- My story wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t tell you about…
- Oh, and another thing….
- Once that happened….
- Never again will I
- When I realized what had actually happened…
- I’d like to bring my explanation to an end by telling you…
- The next thing that happened shocked me!
An attention getter is an opening statement that captures the readers attention.
A humorous statement:
Last Tuesday I was so hungry I could have eaten a buttered skunk.
A shocking statement:
Believe it or not, my 4th grade teacher has purple hair and a tattoo.
“Will, stop making that strange noise!” my mother warned.
Begin with a sound using onomatopoeia:
Slurp! I drained the last of the lemonade in one humongous gulp.
A rhetorical question:
Can you imagine how awesome it would be to be a dolphin trainer?
Imagine this: You’re home alone and an enormous hurricane is on its way.
Going horseback riding is the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
My cat Boo is great, but he doesn’t have the personality that my dog Sam has.
Make a creepy statement:
“An eerie chill filled the room, drifting like a silent ghost.”
Begin with a smell:
The kitchen was filled with the rich aroma of sugar cookies.
Describe the weather:
Rain spattered against the windows.
Pinpoint a specific time:
The tragedy occurred on December 11 at 4:00 P.M.
Begin with an emotion:
Andrew had an unpleasant feeling about the test that day.
Use an intentional fragment:
No. No. And no again.
Describe something specific:
The eyes behind the tinted glasses were impossible to appeal to.
Begin with a tense situation:
We had been trying to find our way out of the jungle for days.
If Will had known what he was getting himself into.
Describe what someone is doing:
Mrs. Johnson was shouting at me.
Begin with a controversial statement:
I think they should outlaw bubble gum!
Begin with a startling statement:
I had no intention of losing the president that day; it just sort of happened.
Begin with a question:
“When did you first notice he was missing, Mrs. Green?”