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

Descriptive Essay

Descriptive (Spatial) 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.


Spatial Transitions & Phrases

  • here
  • above
  • beside
  • below
  • beyond
  • further
  • there
  • inside
  • outside
  • nearby
  • next to
  • on the far side
  • adjacent to
  • opposite to
  • to the east
  • to the west
  • to the north
  • to the south
  • behind
  • in the background
  • in the middle ground
  • in the foreground
  • to the right
  • to the left
  • on top
  • in the middle
  • in the bottom