This transitions rap song uses the history of video games--from Pong to today--to demonstrate how to use transition words. Have you ever played Pong, Space Invaders, Final Fantasy or Angry Birds? Then you’re not alone. Here at Flocabulary we’ve played them all and more. Using transition words like “nonetheless,” “simultaneously,” “beyond,” “similarly” and “finally,” we’re ready to tell you all about them. And we promise: the transitions will be smooth.
Transition words make your writing flow. When you are moving from one idea to the next, a transition is a quick way to help explain how the two ideas relate. Depending on the relationship between the two things you're connecting, you'll use different transitions. Some transitions show contrast; others give examples. This song covers common transitions and gives examples of how to use them. By the time you're done, your writing will be smoother than ever.
First , I went to the grocery store. Second , I went to the pharmacy.
"For instance" indicates that an example is about to come.
I've had terrible experiences at every ice cream shop I've ever been to. For instance , the last time I got an ice cream cone, the scoop of ice cream fell on the floor.
"Nonetheless" is a transition that shows an exception or contrast.
I warned Miranda that there were bears in the woods. Nonetheless , she went for a hike.
I purchased meat, buns and cheese. Next , I grilled up some cheeseburgers.
You use "consequently" when you want to show that the second idea was caused by the first idea. So when it comes to cause and effect, you can attach "consequently" to the effect section.
I ate seven cheeseburgers. Consequently , I had a terrible stomach ache.
"Indeed" means that a writer is going to further emphasize what he or she just said. "Indeed" is attached to the sentence that gives an even stronger example of a point than the sentence before.
Rashad is extremely strong, but a little careless. Indeed , he was crazy enough to wrestle a lion.
"Then" is a transition that indicates time, though it can also indicate cause and effect.
I'm going to visit my grandmother after school. Then , I'll return home. But if my grandmother is feeling sick, then I'll go straight home after school.
Zach is the best candidate for class president. He single-handedly organized the prom last spring, and equally important , everyone agreed that it was the best prom the school had seen in years.
The football team won the league championship on a Sunday afternoon to roaring applause. Simultaneously , the debate team won a major tournament upstate, but nobody noticed.
"Immediately" is a time transition. It means that one event happens directly after another event.
The speaker announced that I had just won a trip to Tokyo. Immediately , I started screaming with joy.
Beyond is a transition with both literal and figurative meanings. Literally, it means that something is further away than something else. Figuratively, it means the same thing as "in addition to."
Literal: The hiking trail appeared safe, but beyond , a broken bridge waited.
Figurative: Beyond my plan to become the first Mars astronaut, I have no other career ideas.
"Of course" is a transition that gives added emphasis to the attached sentence. It can also be used to show an exception that you realized after saying the first sentence, operating similarly to the word "but."
Emphasis: Clowns saved Jenna's life when she was a baby. Of course Jenna loved clowns!
Exception: We should throw Mario a clown-themed surprise party. Of course , Mario is afraid of clowns, so that might be a bad idea.
Alien invaders kidnapped my dog, so I had to travel to outer space to find him.
Quinn is a big fan of heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Rammstein.
Rick made Dean's List at Virginia Tech last semester. Similarly , his younger sister Rebecca made honor roll at her high school.
"Despite" means that you are still considering something even though evidence might suggest that you shouldn't.
Despite the fact that everyone told me that the new Adam Sandler movie was terrible, I still decided to see it.
"Accordingly" is another cause and effect transition word. You attach it to the effect sentence.
My parents were having a serious discussion, and it seemed like they wanted to talk in private. Accordingly , my brother and I went to play in my room.
When you use the transition "specifically," it means that you are going to give a very concrete example of whatever you were just talking about.
I would like a classic car for my birthday. Specifically, I'd love to get a 1964 Mustang.
"Truly" adds emphasis to your point, and means the same thing as "really." But the point had better be true!
I couldn't stop coughing and sneezy. I truly had a terrible cold.
The transition "moreover" means that additional support or evidence is coming.
Mom, we should get a cat because I have finally proven that I can be responsible. Moreover , I took care of Joey's cat for three weeks while he was on vacation and everything went well.
"On the other hand" is a transition that shows contrast. It is a little bit more casual than other contrast words, so make sure not to overuse it.
I was craving sushi for lunch. On the other hand, I didn't feel like spending so much money.
I practiced my tuba solo for hours. Finally , it sounded right.
I wrote an essay. To conclude, I wrote a conclusion.
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