Guidelines for Editing Transitions

Three general guidelines can help you when you edit your use of transitions:

• If a current reputable journal article written by an English speaker uses the term, it is probably a good choice.

• The role of transition words or phrases is to clarify the meaning to readers. This is their only role.

• Using transitions more than 10-12 times on a full page of text is apt to interfere with, not help, the readers' comprehension.

• consequently

• in conclusion

Figure 3.3 'Explainers': Transitions that Indicate Cause and Effect

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