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Transition Words & Phrases (1): Sequencing

By Homam, 4月 10 2024, 00:53
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Words and phrases for sequencing ideas

Transition words and phrases link ideas within and between sentences and paragraphs and make your text much easier to read and follow. Transition words and phrases show relationships between ideas such as sequence, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, additional information, and examples. 

Sequence:

Some transition words and phrases show time sequence:

first after finally
second prior to in the meantime
next previously at the same time
then while  
before meanwhile  

These words and phrases are normally used at the beginning of a sentence or clause. Look at the examples below:

      First, you should figure out how much you can afford to pay for rent. Next, you should look at real estate ads to find apartments in your price range. You should find out some things about the neighborhood before you sign a lease. You can ask the landlord questions while he is showing you the apartment. 

Here's an exercise for you. Complete the following paragraphs with the correct transition words or phrases. Use capital letters where appropriate:

                before       after        first        then

  • We had an excellent experience at your restaurant last night. ..............................., the waiter seated us at a very comfortable table. ..........................., he brought us our menus right away. ......................... we ordered, we didn't have to wait long for our meal. We left a large tip for the waiter ..................... going home.                

                 first         in the meantime       next      before

  • Here are some tips for your first day at a new job. ....................... , you should make sure you arrive on time or even a little bit early. ..........................., look for your supervisor to let him or her know you are there. .............................. you start your duties, it is a good idea to introduce yourself to everyone in the office. Remember, it may take you a little while to learn the office routines. Don't worry, after a few days, everything will become familiar, but ....................., you should ask your colleagues to explain things to you.       

 

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    My name is Homam and I live in Montreal, Canada. I speak English and French. I have been working as an English teacher since 2002. I specialize in business English and exam preparation courses. I am also a certified language examiner so I can give you expert feedback on your writing.
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    I have taught learners of different ages and levels. In the past 10 years, I have also worked with many international companies and helped their staff improve their speaking and writing skills.

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