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Down and Dirty Tips: Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Narrative Transitions

Tips for students on writing a Narrative / Descriptive essay. While this guide is not comprehensive, it does provide enough information for to students to follow and pass the assignment. This guide is especially helpful for those who don't have much time.

Adding Transitions: Narrative Essay

Narrative Essay

Narrative (Timeline) Transitions

Helpful Transitional Expressions

Transitional expressions can help tie ideas together and show relationships. They also reveal organization patterns to help your reader follow along.

Try out a few in your paper. Be sure that any transition you use makes logical sense.


Time Transitions & Phrases

  • before
  • meanwhile
  • afterward
  • at the same time
  • to begin with
  • subsequently
  • previously
  • at last
  • at present
  • briefly
  • currently
  • at that time
  • in the meantime
  • eventually
  • finally gradually
  • immediately
  • in the future
  • then
  • now
  • later
  • suddenly
  • earlier
  • formerly
  • shortly
  • until now
  • in the past