Because transitional words and phrases show logical relationships between sentences and ideas, they are often organized according to the kinds of relationships that they convey, as they are below. Below are some common transitional words and phrases that can help you demonstrate logical relationships between sentences and ideas in your writing.
You might be surprised by how much the effective use of transitional words and phrases can strengthen your writing. Transitions can act as "glue" that helps holds your ideas and your sentences together, and they can help take you and your readers smoothly and logically from one part of your essay to the next.
If the participle or participial phrase comes in the middle of a sentence, it should be set off with commas only if the information is not essential to the meaning of the sentence.
English places modifiers before a noun. Here we indicate the noun that is at the center of a noun phrase by an asterisk (*) and modifiers by arrows pointed toward the noun they modify.
You should use a comma to separate your own words from the quotation when your introductory or explanatory phrase ends with a verb such as "says," "said," "thinks," "believes," "pondered," "recalls," "questions," and "asks" (and many more). You should also use a comma when you introduce a quotation with a phrase such as "According to Thoreau."
Transitional phrases connect sentences and paragraphs and organize writing into a unified whole. Always use a comma after a transitional word or phrase, regardless where it appears in the sentence. Consider the following example:
When merging two sentences to form one, the transitional phrase is known as “the bridge.” In these sentences, a semicolon goes before the bridge, or transitional phrase, and the comma is used after the transitional phrase. Consider the following examples:
A transitional phrase shows how the meaning of one sentence is related to the meaning of the preceding sentence. Transition words are used in these for establishing cohesion. When you use transitional phrases correctly in your written pieces, the overall flow improves.
Example 1: Miranda’s guest was turned away at the door; as a result, she did not see the runway show. (Two independent clauses are “bridged” by a transitional phrase “as a result.”)
The use of transitional phrases provides logical organization, enhances understandability and improves your connection with your thoughts. Generally, papers flow better and read more smoothly. In writing, use transitions to start one paragraph where another ends. Using a key phrase from a previous paragraph and highlighting it in the next creates an obvious progression for your reader. Consider the following example:
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A participle is a verbal that is used as an adjective and most often ends in -ing or -ed. The term verbal indicates that a participle, like the other two kinds of verbals, is based on a verb and therefore expresses action or a state of being. However, since they function as adjectives, participles modify nouns or pronouns. There are two types of participles: present participles and past participles. Present participles end in -ing. Past participles end in -ed, -en, -d, -t, -n, or -ne as in the words asked, eaten, saved, dealt, seen, and gone.
Hah! I set out to do a beginner post since I haven’t done one in a while, but no joy, I think I have to classify this as intermediate. Beginners are welcome to try this out, as most of the words are simple and the subject matter is a bit immature (so of course it totally cracked me up), but the issue is that this essay is written by a kid making fun of her older brother for eating too much, and the sentence structure reads like a playground taunt – it sounds like the author used this essay assignment as an opportunity to get back at her brother for something. So it’s very casually written and the sentence structure isn’t book-formal enough to be smooth reading for newbies. Still, if you can get most of the words, which aren’t too hard, you’ll get the drift.
A participial phrase is a group of words consisting of a participle and the modifier(s) and/or (pro)noun(s) or noun phrase(s) that function as the direct object(s), indirect object(s), or complement(s) of the action or state expressed in the participle, such as: