Transition Words by Type of Use

Purpose of transition words: Transition words help to lead your reader from point to point in your writing. Often you know why one fact or sentence follows another, but that logic stays unseen in your head. The reader doesn’t know the logic, and thus ideas can seem disconnected or misplaced. Use transition words so the reader can follow your thinking. Lead them along to make sure you are understood.

 

Addition:

Additionally (in addition)

Also

Alternately

Besides

Further (furthermore)

Moreover

 

Example:

After all

As an illustration

For example

For instance

In particular

Specifically

 

Comparison:

Along the same lines

In a like manner

In other words

In the same way

Likewise

Similarly

 

Contrast:

Actually

Admittedly

Although

Conversely

Even so

Even though

However

In contrast

Ironically

Nevertheless

Nonetheless

On the contrary

On the other hand

Regardless

Still

Yet

 

Emphasis:

Above all

Besides

Indeed

More importantly

 

Cause and Effect:

Accordingly

As a result

Consequently (as a consequence)

Hence

It follows, then that…

Presumably

Since

So

Therefore

 

Numerical or listing:

Eventually

Finally

First of all (+ second, third, etc.)

Firstly (+ secondly, thirdly, etc.)

In the first place (+ in the second place, in the third place, etc.)

Lastly

Previously

Subsequently

Then

 

Summary or conclusion:

As a result

Consequently

In a word

In short

In the end

Overall

Thus

To put it another way

To summarize

Ultimately

 

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