Even More Transitions!
Need more transitions in your writing?
These transitions are taken or adapted fromGerald Graff, They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing .
Introducing Something Implied or Assumed
- Although X does not say so directly, she/he apparently assumes that __________________.
- While they rarely admit as much, _______________ often take for granted that _______________.
Introducing An Ongoing Debate
- In discussions of X, one controversial issue has been ________________. On the one hand, ____________ argues _______________. On the other hand, ______________even contends __________________. My own view is that ________________ because.
- When it comes to the topics of _____________, most people will readily agree that ________________. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of _______________. Whereas some are convinced that __________________, others maintain that _________________.
- As I suggested earlier, defenders of ___________ can’t have it both ways. Their assertion that ____________ is contradicted by their claim that_____________.
Capturing Authorial Action
- X acknowledges that _________________.
- X agreed that _________________.
- X argues that_________________.
- X complains that _________________.
- X demonstrates that _________________.
- X emphasizes that _________________.
Disagreeing, with Reasons
- X is mistaken because he/she overlooks _________________.
- X’s claim that _________________ rests upon the questionable assumption that _________________.
- X’s view that _________________ is unreliable because, as recent research (personal experience) has shown, _________________.
- By focusing on _________________, X overlooks the deeper problem of _________________.
- X claims _________________, but we don’t need him/her to tell us that. Anyone familiar with _________________ has long known that _________________.
Agreeing—with a Difference
- X is surely right about _________________ because, as he/she may not be aware, recent studies have shown that _________________.
- X’s theory of _________________ is extremely useful because it sheds insight on the difficult problem of _________________.
- Some may agree that _________________, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe _________________.
Agreeing and Disagreeing Simultaneously
- Though readers may concede that _________________, others still insist that _________________.
- X is right that _________________, but she seems to be on more dubious ground when she/he states _____.