WRITING: TRANSITIONS January 2, 2018

WRITING:  TRANSITIONS                                                January 2, 2018 When writing, we must create a road map of sorts for our readers to follow.   Readers need to be able to understand how and why our thoughts–phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and sections–are related to one another. To that end, our thoughts must be connected appropriately and clearly via the use of transitions–specifically, sentence adverbs and transitional phrases–to make reading and comprehension fluid and easy. As you will see, a sentence adverb and a transitional phrase relate and connect the second sentence with the first.   Example: Without sentence adverb: I had planned to go to the movies last night.   After a hard day at work I went home and slept all evening. With sentence adverb: I had planned to go to the movies last night.   However, after a hard day at work I went home and slept all evening. With transitional phrase: I had planned to go to the movies last night.   Surprising to no one, after a hard day at work I went home and slept all evening. See the difference?  The first set of two sentences has a choppy sound to them because they are not connected by a sentence adverb; conversely, the other sets flow smoothly because they are connected by transitions. Anything that writers and editors can do to make text readily understandable for readers is well worthwhile! Many lessons and bits of advice in this writing/grammar series have been taken from Writestyle’s online campus of courses covering Grammar, Punctuation, Proofreading, and Editing.  If you need help, we’re here for you.        ...

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