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 _____.
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