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A writer uses a bridge statement, or bridge sentence, to link one idea to another and create a smooth transition between ideas.
John Trimble explains in "Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing" that essays should maintain a steady flow by "bridging" ideas for the reader.
Bridge sentences resemble topic sentences in the essay structure.
They clue in the reader to what the article just mentioned and what will come up next, and how the two topics relate to each other.
Every knows that your concluding paragraph summarizes all of the information that you have just gone over, restates your thesis statement, and gives that reader additional studies that can be done to further the research but you would be amazed how many times the essay falls apart here because of wording.
Words are very powerful and if you use the wrong ones when you are concluding your essay then you will lose your reader.
Ways to lose your reader is to use phrases like, in conclusion, in summary, to summarize, or any phrase that states the obvious to the reader.
This makes them feel dumb and doesn’t move the paragraph forward smoothly.
Persuasive essays may use bridge statements to introduce a counter argument to hold the reader's attention.
The words you use in your bridge sentences help define the relationship between the paragraphs or ideas you seek to connect.