THE WRITING PROCESS
Organization: Identifying Transitional Devices in Paragraphs
Transitional devices make writing coherent, linking idea to idea and sentence to sentence. The paragraph below illustrates the use of three common transitional devices: 1. Repetition of key words and phrases 2. Summarizing words which point to an antecedent 3. Conjunctive adverbs--commonly known as transitional words such as furthermore, moreover, also, besides, finally, then, therefore, etc,--that describe the relation of the ideas in two clauses or Adverbial clauses and phrases--modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and whole groups of words and usually tell how, why, when, where, under what conditions, or with what result. List as many examples of each kind of transitional device as you can find in the following passage. Everyone seems to feel that he was born an expert in the judgement of artistic work. We do not feel this way about a hydraulic work, an electronic work, a legalistic work, or a mathematical, logical, or psychological work. For these, we call upon the experts. They have studied long and hard. We respect them for this. We do not, however, respect the long, hard study of the artist. We feel no shame, moreover, for this lack of respect. I don't know anything about art, we say, but I know what I like. We forget, when we say this, that we share this knowledge with lower animals. Any sow, knowing what she likes, can gurgle an oozy grunt in a rain wallow. But can a sow make it rain? 1. Repetition of key words and phrases 2. Summarizing words, pointing to an antecedent 3. Conjunctive adverbs or adverbial constructions
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