Transitions: after, afterward, at that moment, at last, at length, before, by that time, during, earlier, first, from then on, later, meanwhile, next, presently, since, second, soon afterward, the next day, then, when, while, within an hour
Example: The rehearsal dinner will be on Friday night. Afterward, we are hoping that many of the guests will help to clean the area for tomorrow's wedding.
Explanation: In these sentences, the transition "afterward" highlights a chronology of events (first the dinner, then the cleaning).
Transitions Video Playlist
Note that these videos were created while APA 6 was the style guide edition in use. There may be some examples of writing that have not been updated to APA 7 guidelines.
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- Academic Paragraphs: Types of Transitions Part 1: Transitions Between Paragraphs (video transcript)
- Academic Paragraphs: Types of Transitions Part 2: Transitions Within Paragraphs (video transcript)
- Academic Paragraphs: Appropriate Use of Explicit Transitions (video transcript)
- Engaging Writing: Incorporating Transitions (video transcript)
- Engaging Writing: Examples of Incorporating Transitions (video transcript)