TRANSITIONAL PHRASES

 

The use of transitional phrases help to clarify the meaning and guide the reader from point to point throughout the essay. Additionally they provide the appearance of organization. Some helpful phrases follow:

 

To Clarify a sequence of events: first, second, third, next, finally, last

To show a similar relationship: similarly, in like manner, likewise

To point out a dissimilarity: in opposition to, in contrast to, on the other hand

To emphasize a point: indeed, in fact, surely, certainly

To show or point out a result: consequently, as a result, therefore, hence

To summarize a position: in summation, finally, in conclusion, in short

To illustrate a point: for example, by way of illustrtion, for instance

To contrast a position: on the otherhand, however, but, yet, despite, although

To record time: now, gradually, later, eventually, immediately, at once, at this point, next, afterward, soon, then

 

Note how the transitional phrases affect the following paragraphs.

 

Lenin modified Marxism in several ways. He posited a tightly organized cadre of committed revolutionaries in place of the proletariat. He telescoped the agarian and industrial revolutions so that they could both take place in a limited time frame. With NEP he retreated on communism when expediency required that he make a partial regression. He was able to adapt Marxism to the unique conditions facing him in Russia. The November 1917 revolution and its success could not have been achieved without his revision.

 

Lenin modified Marxism in several ways. First, he posited a tightly organized cadre of committed revolutionaries in place of the proletariat. Second, he telescoped the agarian and industrial revolutions so that they could both take place within a limited time frame. And last, with NEP he retreated on communism when expediency required that he make a partial regression. In short, he was able to adapt Marxism to the unique conditions facing him in Russia. Without such adaptations, the November 1917 revolution and its success could not have been achieved.