Transitions (linguistics)

Transitions are words or phrases that show the relationship between paragraphs or sections of a text or speech.[1] Transitions provide greater cohesion by making it more explicit or signaling how ideas relate to one another.[1] Transitions are "bridges" that "carry a reader from section to section."[1] Transitions guide a reader through steps of logic, increments of time, or through physical space. Transitions "...connect words and ideas so that your readers don't have to do the mental work for you."[2]


Coordinating transitions

Elements in a coordinate relationship are equal in rank, quality, or significance.[3] To show a link between equal elements, use a coordinating transition.[4]

Subordinating transitions

Temporal transitions

Spatial transitions



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