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Bridge Sentences. A Bridge (Transitional) Sentence . . . Creates connections between paragraphs. Guides your reader carefully through your essay, insuring that you have control over the essay’s development. Makes the links between paragraphs seems natural or inevitable. Bridge sentences.

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a bridge transitional sentence
A Bridge (Transitional) Sentence . . .
  • Creates connections between paragraphs.
  • Guides your reader carefully through your essay, insuring that you have control over the essay’s development.
  • Makes the links between paragraphs seems natural or inevitable.
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Bridge sentences
  • Some transitions that we want to signal to our readers:
    • We are continuing in the same direction and adding new information.
      • E.g. “I had a wonderful time last night, and __________.”
    • We are changing directions or we are going to compare and contrast events or ideas.
      • E.g. “I had a wonderful time last night, but ____________.”
    • We are going to show the cause and effect of events or ideas.
      • E.g. “Because I had such a great time last night, I would like to __________”
    • The order/sequence/time of events and ideas is important.
      • E.g. “Two weeks earlier,” “A month later,” “When I was five.”
    • We are going to emphasize, repeat, or give examples of events or ideas.
      • E.g. “For example,” “This became clear when ______”