Transitional Devices

In this chapter we analyze the use of two transitional expressions that are frequently used in academic writing: however and although. Transitional expressions/signals are important coherence devices that guide your readers to understand the logic between your ideas. For example, transitional expressions such as also, and, and in addition can help the readers understand your intention to share an additional idea; transitional devices such as in summary, in conclusion, and finally can signify the readers that you are concluding your previously stated ideas. It is very likely that you already understand the meaning of these words. However, you may sometimes hesitate when using them in your writing. Therefore, we expect that a closer observation of the examples provided here will help you improve the way you use transitions in your writing.


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University Academic Writing for International Students: A Usage-based Approach Copyright © 2020 by Carol Lynn Moder; Alys Avalos-Rivera; Ho'omana Nathan Horton; Miriam Kinfe; Paul Sims; Seth French; and Yelin Zhao is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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