Transitional words and phrases

Transitional words and phrases

Transitional words and phrases

Transitional words and phrases help move the text from one idea or paragraph to the next. It makes the text flow smoothly and assists the reader move easily from one concept to another. In this post I have collated a list of transitional words and phrases and grouped them depending on their use.

Before using a transitional word, make sure you fully understand it´s meaning and that it is the correct choice for your text. Also ensure that the context in the sentence makes the relationship clear – a transitional word on its own does not establish a relationship.

Emphasis

In fact

Above all

Indeed

Undoubtedly

Surely

Addition

In addition

Furthermore

Moreover

First, second, third etc. Last

Time

Never

Meanwhile

Immediately

At length

During

Whenever

Subsequently

Comparison

Likewise

Similarly

In the same way

Contrast

However

Nevertheless

In contrast

On the contrary

On the one hand, On the other hand

Cause and Effect

For that reason

Since

So

Due to

So that

Therefore

As a result

Consequently

Thus

Illustrate

For example

To illustrate

Summary

In summary

In brief

In short

Conclusion

In conclusion

To conclude

Finally

Therefore

As a result

 

Additional Resources:

Writing Center, University of Richmond

The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin

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