Transitions

Topics: Time, Causality Pages: 2 (715 words) Published: July 12, 2015
TRANSITIONS
Transitions serve as a bridge between ideas. They provide connections between words, sentences, and paragraphs. There are many examples of transitions in your textbook. Also, notice how professional writers use them to improve their style and to add emphasis. Below are a few examples of transitions (some of these words/phrases could be placed in more than one category). Add to these lists as you think of other transitions. To give examples

for example, for instance, to illustrate,
in particular, specifically, to be specific,
as proof

To add information

and, and then, also, in addition,
moreover, furthermore, besides, too,
plus, additionally, again, another

To indicate time

at the same time, now, nowadays, up
to now, presently, at present, today, so
far, from then on, until then, in the
past, in the future, formerly, later, later
on, next, tomorrow, before, initially,
meanwhile, to begin with, thus far,
then, after, afterwards, earlier, at the
outset, immediately, soon, in a few
(minutes, hours, days, etc.), gradually,
previously, first/second/third, etc.

To compare

similarly, likewise, just like, just as, in
the same way, in comparison

To contrast or
concede a point

otherwise, in contrast, on the other
hand, instead, still, whereas, despite
this, but, however, just the same,
nevertheless, on the contrary, in spite
of, yet, granted that, even though,
although, though

To sum up, restate,
clarify, or show
cause and effect

in conclusion, to conclude, to sum up,
in summary, to summarize, in brief,
truly, in other words, thus, so, hence,
accordingly, clearly, in short,
consequently, therefore, for that reason,
obviously, as a consequence, that is, in
effect, put simply, stated briefly, of
course, in a way, last of all, finally,
because, since, as a result, in closing, to
reiterate, to repeat, as has been stated

To emphasize

foremost, most important, especially,
indeed, in fact, truly,...
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