How to Segue a Sentence

by Vera Leigh

To improve your writing and to make it flow better, use transitions in your sentences to help make segues between them. Make segues, or transitions, between paragraphs. This is easy to do if you have a variety of transitions to add to your sentences. Be creative and clear. Experiment and rewrite. Good writing is about clarity and lots of practice.

Writing a segue

Continue the thought of one paragraph by using a transition word in the next paragraph. An example is to use a key phrase from the previous paragraph, according to Purdue's Online Writing Lab. A good example of this might be using the word "overall" to begin the sentence of the second paragraph.

Use words such as "though," "although," and "however," to make a new point and to transition into a new paragraph that relates a connected yet distinctly different thought. "Use "for instance" to show an example.

Write "finally" or "in conclusion" to wrap up the main thoughts of your paper. You will want to briefly highlight the previous paragraphs and offer a parting thought for the reader to ponder.

Tips

  • Here are some tips from "The Little, Brown Handbook":
  • To show a sequence: use again, also, and.
  • To compare: also, similarly.
  • To contrast: on the other hand, yet, still.
  • To show examples: in fact, for instance, it is true.

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About the Author

Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.

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