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lesson bookUNIT 1 — Lesson 2B
Transitions Between Paragraphs


Referring to ideas from previous paragraphs shows a clear connection between the paragraphs keep the reader on track.


Topic: Teaching Animals to Talk

End of Paragraph 1: It was eventually determined that the chimpanzee would never be able to master the human language but by observing him, scientists were able to gain a better understanding of how chimpanzees communicate with each other.

Start of Paragraph 2: Bonobo chimpanzees, on the other hand, have proven to be quite good at acquiring some form of language.

The idea of how well different kinds of chimpanzees can acquire language is clearly compared in these two sentences. This repetition of ideas, and use of a contrasting transitional phrase, helps the reader follow the writer's discussion.