How to Make a Transition Sentence for an Outline

Updated April 17, 2017

Choose your medium, if you will write on paper or use a computer.

Determine the subject matter you will write on.

Choose the points you wish to make throughout your work.

Construct an outline for your writing project based on the points you have selected.

Pick the point - or idea - of the paragraph, this idea will carry forward to the next paragraph.

Construct a sentence around the idea or point of your current paragraph, keeping in mind the idea or point you wish to make in the next paragraph. The connection between the two paragraphs, or ideas, creates a transition sentence.

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  • Here is an example of transition words to use: on the contrary, nevertheless, notwithstanding, in contrast, still, nonetheless, (for contrast); thus, consequently, therefore, hence, so (for cause and effect); finally, in a word, in the end, in brief, in conclusion, briefly (for conclusion); meanwhile, during, recently, earlier, now, immediately, later (for time).
  • Transitional sentences can be used for connecting paragraphs and sections of an outline.
  • Strong transitional sentences make the transition from point to point unambiguous.
  • The structure of your outline can include primary and secondary points accompanying your transition sentences.

Things Needed

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Computer (optional)

About the Author

Deronte' Smith began his professional writing career in 1996 with Trader Publications, writing listings for "Auto Trader Magazine." He has also worked for the "Central Kentucky News Journal" and the "Kentucky Kernel." Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky.