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Topic: Transitions

Before you became a critical reader/writer, you may have received a note from your teacher on a paper you wrote. It may have said, “Use transitions.” If so, you learned that you now need an arsenal of words to ease a reader from idea to idea.

Here’s a quick review of transitions, organized by their types:
1. Time:
After screeching through the turn from Main Street onto Broad, the speeding car barreled through a red light at the Old Fort Parkway intersection.
Hitting speeds of up to 80 mph, the car then careened up Broad Street, finally smashing into a utility pole near Thompson Lane.

2. Repetition:
Our neighbor Shelly said she has tried and tried to call attention to the problem.
She has written 25 letters to various government officials.
She has made countless phone calls.
She has even taken time off work to stake out the mayor’s office.

3. Contrast and/or comparison:
Officials insist the campus has plenty of parking spaces.
However , cars could be seen Monday parked in grassy medians, in front of fire hydrants, even on the sidewalks.

4 . Pronouns and demonstrative adjectives:
“This ordinance absolutely must pass,” the mayor declared.
He threatened to resign in protest if it short didn’t.
That ultimatum irked the council members, who promptly decided to call his bluff.

6. Conjunctive adverbs :
Developers are applying for a permit to build a landfill on the site.
Meanwhile , environmentalists are organizing opposition to the plan.
Here are a few of the many examples of this last type:
· accordingly
· consequently
· moreover
· therefore

Find examples of transitions in the news.



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