Editing Strategy: Use Transitions and Signposts

Transition words signal readers that the writer is changing direction–or illustrating a point–or staying on the same track–or summing up.  Transitions words signal the reader where the piece is going.  A simple word like nonetheless tells readers a contrasting point is being brought up.  One simple hint on looking for those places where transition words would best help the document:  Look for the word and between phrases and clauses.  Often, and can be replaced with a better word, one that shows the relationship between ideas more effectively.

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