Transition Words

TRANSITION WORDS

To improve your writing you need to make sure that your ideas, both in sentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence and that the gap between ideas is bridged smoothly. One way to do this is by using transitions – words or phrases or techniques that help bring two ideas together. Transitional words and phrases represent one way of gaining coherence. Certain words help continue an idea, indicate a shift of though or contrast, or sum up a conclusion. Check the following list of words to find those that will pull your sentences and paragraphs together.




For continuing a common line of reasoning:

consequently

clearly, then

furthermore

additionally

and

in addition

moreover

because

besides that

in the same way

following this further

also

pursuing this further

in the light of the… it is easy to see that

To change the line of reasoning (contrast):

however

on the other hand

but

yet

nevertheless

on the contrary

For opening a paragraph initially or for general use:

admittedly

assuredly

certainly

granted

no doubt

nobody denies

obviously

of course

to be sure

true

undoubtedly

unquestionably

generally speaking

in general

at this level

in this situation

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For the final points of a paragraph or essay:

finally

lastly

Transitional chains, to use in separating sections of a paragraph which is arranged chronologically:

first… second… third…

generally… furthermore… finally

in the first place… also… lastly

in the first place… pursuing this further… finally

to be sure… additionally… lastly

in the first place… just in the same way… finally

basically… similarly… as well

To signal conclusion:

therefore

this

hence

in final analysis

in conclusion

in final consideration

indeed

To restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a more exacting way:

in other words

point in fact

specifically

Sequence or time

after

afterwards

as soon as

at first

at last

before

before long

finally

first… second… third

in the first place

in the meantime

later

meanwhile

next

soon

then

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