Transition Words and Phrases: List, Types (with Great Examples)

Transition words and transitional phrases are used more frequently in the English language than we probably realize and even though their name suggests they may be a complex subject, in reality, transition words are quite easy to understand. In this article, we are going to find out exactly what transition words are and the various different types you are likely to see.

Transition Words

What Is A Transition Word?

In simple terms, a transition word demonstrates the relationship between two portions of the text or spoken language. By using the imagery of a bridge, we can see how these words take us from one statement to another. By using these words we can better build a sentence and convey what we are trying to say in a more concise manner.

The Importance and Function of Transitional Words and Phrases

Transition words are so important because they take the reader or listener from one idea to another. Without them, sentences would be singular and would not connect and flow, which can create a more natural way of delivering information. The use of transition words also serves as a way to prevent having to mentally jump from one sentence or paragraph to another, giving the listener or reader greater ease.

The function of transition words is essential to put in place an easy to understand, logical connection between paragraphs and sentences.

Types Of Transition Words and Transitional Phrases

There is more than one type of transition word and in this section, we are going to introduce you to some of the most commonly used ones, which will give you a greater understanding of the concept.

Reason

Many transition words follow similar patterns. Because of this, we can categorize similar words together. One category typically used to describe transitional words is reason. Words in the reason list reveal cause and effect of a particular event.

Examples of transition words falling under the category of reason can be seen below.

  • Because of
  • With this in mind
  • In fact
  • In order to
  • Provided that
  • Granted that
  • Given that
  • In view of
  • With this intention
  • With this purpose
  • Seeing that
  • For the purpose of
  • Owing to
  • So that

You might see them used in a sentence such as; In order to achieve this, we need a budget.

Result

A result transition word is similar to a reason transition word and will link a sentence to the outcome of it.

Some examples of commonly used result transition words are:

  • As a result
  • Thus
  • Consequently
  • Hence
  • For this reason
  • Due to
  • As a consequence (of)
  • Therefore
  • Accordingly
  • Then
  • Forthwith
  • Thereupon

You are likely to see a result transitional word in a sentence such as; I cannot attend the party tonight as a result of being so tired from having worked late all week.

Emphasis

Transition words that fall under the emphasis category emphasize a particular fact. They highlight the importance of the information discussed in your essay. These words signal that some key information is forthcoming.

Transition words that show emphasis are essential to any well-written paper. Find examples of these words and phrases below.

  • Undoubtedly
  • Indeed
  • Obviously
  • Particularly / in particular
  • Especially
  • Clearly
  • Importantly
  • Absolutely
  • Definitely
  • Without a doubt
  • Never
  • It should be noted
  • Unquestionably
  • Above all
  • Positively
  • Truly
  • Even
  • Of course
  • Naturally
  • In truth
  • Chiefly
  • Surprisingly
  • With attention
  • To emphasize
  • To repeat
  • To clarify
  • In detail

You might see one of these types of transition words used in a sentence such as; You can travel to Australia and obviously, can visit Tasmania whilst you are there.

Addition

Addition transition words add important information to the topic discussed in your academic paper.

Some examples of addition transition words are found below.

  • Additionally / an additional
  • Furthermore
  • Also
  • Too
  • As well as that
  • Along with
  • Besides
  • In addition
  • Moreover
  • Not only…but also
  • In addition to this
  • Apart from this
  • Further
  • Finally
  • Last
  • And
  • Similarily
  • As well as
  • Coupled with
  • Not to mention
  • Together with
  • In the same fashion
  • First
  • Second
  • Third

An example of a sentence containing one of these common transition words would be; You cannot go into the theatre as you have not got tickets, furthermore, you are not in the correct dress for this performance.

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Illustration

An illustration transitional word is used to give an example of what the speaker is referring to.

Some good examples of this type of transition word would be:

  • For example/ For instance
  • Such as
  • Proof of this
  • Like
  • To demonstrate/ To clarify
  • Illustrated by
  • For one thing
  • As an example of
  • In the case of
  • To demonstrate
  • To clarify
  • Including
  • Namely
  • In this case
  • To simplify
  • In another case
  • Specifically
  • In this situation
  • On this occasion

The following sentence shows the use of an illustration transitional word; There are lots of things to do at the park, for instance feeding the ducks or playing on the slide.

Contrast

You will want to select a contrast transition word to show the difference between two key pieces of information expressed in your essay. These words indicate that your paper is linking a sentence or paragraph together by contrasting how two things different.

Contrast transition words make it clear that two pieces of information will be contrasted. The list below showcases some contrast words that will be effective in your writing:

  • Unlike
  • Nevertheless
  • On the other hand
  • Nonetheless
  • Despite/in spite of
  • In contrast (to)
  • While
  • Whereas
  • Alternatively
  • Conversely
  • Even so
  • Differing from
  • Contrary to
  • In opposition
  • Up against
  • However
  • Contrarily
  • As opposed to
  • Yet
  • Instead
  • Notwithstanding
  • Rather
  • Nor
  • Though

You might see one of these transitions being used in a sentence such as; While this may be true, it doesn’t mean that biking is not beneficial for your heart.

Comparison/Similarity

In order to link two sentences or paragraphs you can introduce compare transition words, The words show how to ideas being discussed relate to each other.

Some examples of this type of transition word might be:

  • Similarly
  • Equally
  • Similar to
  • Same as
  • Compare / compare(d) to (with)
  • By the same token
  • In the same way
  • Correspondingly
  • As with
  • Equal
  • Just as…so too
  • Likewise
  • Just as
  • Just like
  • Both
  • Alike
  • In common
  • In like manner
  • In a similar manner
  • Still another
  • Resembles
  • Either
  • Most important
  • In the spitting image of

An example of a sentence in which you might see a comparison/similarity transition word would be; In the same way, biking also offers many benefits that help you with your fitness goals.

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Order

An order transition word can be used to show a change in the order or timing of consecutive ideas and phrases.

Listed below are order transition words:

  • First/ firstly
  • Second/ secondly
  • Third/ thirdly
  • Lastly and most importantly
  • Last but not least
  • About
  • Next
  • Later
  • Since
  • Finally
  • At this time
  • Following
  • Now
  • Once
  • In the first place
  • To begin with
  • Prior to
  • Previously
  • Before
  • Subsequently
  • Above all
  • After
  • Eventually
  • Tomorrow
  • In turn
  • Momentarily
  • From this point
  • Not long after

You might see an order transitional word being used in a sentence such as; I will go to the shop, then to the park, and finally, I will relax in the bar.

Conclusion

Conclusion transition words are used to conclude the ideas that have been previously mentioned. A transition word from the conclusion category indicates that you are about to wrap up your argument.

Conclusion transition words work well to clarify your arguments.

  • Therefore
  • To summarise
  • In short
  • To sum up
  • In summary
  • Briefly
  • To conclude
  • In essence
  • In brief
  • On the whole
  • In conclusion
  • Altogether
  • In any event
  • Given these points
  • Ultimately
  • In the final analysis
  • Generally speaking
  • All things considered
  • Usually
  • By and large
  • Overall
  • As noted
  • As shown above
  • As demonstrated above
  • As you can see
  • In a word
  • In the end
  • To end

An excellent example of a sentence to demonstrate this would be; The acting was superb and the lighting was excellent, all things considered, it made for an interesting play.

Condition

Condition transition words are used to establish the condition or to bring into consideration another viewpoint.

Words that fall in this category include:

  • Granted that
  • If
  • When
  • Because of
  • In that case
  • Then
  • Unless
  • As
  • Since
  • While
  • Whenever
  • While
  • Lest
  • Although this may be true
  • In the event that
  • Only if
  • Even if
  • On the condition that
  • Given that

A condition transitional phrase might be used in a sentence such as; Take an umbrella in case it rains.

Concession

A concession transition word is used to acknowledge an opposing view and might be used in the form of the following words and phrases:

  • Admittedly
  • All the same
  • Up to a point
  • Even so
  • In spite of
  • Although/Even though
  • Even if
  • However
  • And still
  • And yet
  • Be that as it may
  • Regardless of this
  • Nevertheless
  • Albeit
  • Although
  • Even though
  • Nonetheless

A good example of a sentence containing this type of transition would be; In spite of the fact that he is rich, he lives in a small house.

Generalization

A generalization transitional word can be used to give an example of an idea relating to the subject.

Some common transition words in this category are:

  • As a rule
  • Regularly
  • Commonly
  • Usually
  • For the most part
  • Normally
  • Predominately
  • In general/ Generally
  • On the whole
  • Overall
  • Typically
  • In most cases
  • Often
  • On the whole
  • Broadly speaking
  • Mainly
  • Generally speaking
  • More often than not
  • Mostly

Here is a sentence that uses a generalization transitional phrase; In general, Japanese cars are very reliable and breakdowns are rare.

Restatement

Restatement transition words provide clarity for your argument. These transition words signal the importance of the information shared before.

To restate your thoughts employ these words in your essay.

  • In other words
  • Otherwise stated
  • That is to say
  • Alternatively
  • Alternatively stated
  • Put differently
  • To put it differently
  • In a nutshell
  • Put in another way
  • In simple terms
  • Simply put
  • Simplified
  • Said differently
  • Reiterated
  • Namely
  • In short
  • In summation
  • Expressed simply
  • In simple language

Let’s look at an example of a sentence that uses a restatement transition; In other words, the elephant is already dancing with the dragon.

Reference

Reference transition words are used to literally make a reference to a continuing idea presented in your essay.

Words and phrases that express these references include:

  • Some examples of these might be:
  • Speaking about/of
  • Considering
  • In terms
  • With respect to
  • Concerning
  • The fact that
  • With regards to
  • Regarding
  • In connection to
  • As far as
  • As applied to
  • Pertaining to

You might see a reference transitional phrase in a sentence like this one; I was explaining to John that the job he wanted was not available due to the fact that they had already hired someone.

Clarification

Sometimes ideas being discussed in your paper needs to be parsed down. Clarification transition words indicate that you will be exploring your ideas in more detail.

To provide clarification in your essay use these words and phrases.

  • That is to say
  • To put it in another way
  • To put it clearly
  • To break it down
  • To simplify
  • To clearly define
  • In lay terms
  • In other words
  • I mean
  • Simply stated
  • Simply put
  • In simple terms
  • To explain
  • To make plain
  • In explanation

A good example of a sentence that uses clarification transitional phrase is as follows; I won’t be going because I do not like her, in other words, she will ruin the evening for me.

Space/ Location

Space transition words are to clarify spatial relationships. They provide spatial order and reference.

Some transitions words to describe space/locations are:

  • On top
  • Below
  • Beneath
  • Around
  • Underneath
  • To the left
  • Surrounding
  • Over
  • Adjacent
  • Across
  • At the rear
  • Next to
  • Opposite
  • Adjacent
  • On bottom
  • Near
  • Nearby

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Transition Words List

List of 288 transition words and phrases from A to Z.

  • About
  • Above all
  • Absolutely
  • Accordingly
  • Across
  • Additionally / an additional
  • Adjacent
  • Admittedly
  • After
  • Albeit
  • Alike
  • All the same
  • All things considered
  • Along with
  • Also
  • Alternatively
  • Alternatively stated
  • Although
  • Although this may be true
  • Altogether
  • And
  • And still
  • And yet
  • Apart from this
  • Around
  • As
  • As a consequence (of)
  • As a result
  • As a rule
  • As an example of
  • As applied to
  • As demonstrated above
  • As far as
  • As noted
  • As opposed to
  • As shown above
  • As well as
  • As well as that
  • As with
  • As you can see
  • At the rear
  • At this time
  • Be that as it may
  • Because of
  • Before
  • Below
  • Beneath
  • Besides
  • Both
  • Briefly
  • Broadly speaking
  • By and large
  • By the same token
  • Chiefly
  • Clearly
  • Commonly
  • Compare / compare(d) to (with)
  • Concerning
  • Consequently
  • Considering
  • Contrarily
  • Contrary to
  • Conversely
  • Correspondingly
  • Coupled with
  • Definitely
  • Despite/in spite of
  • Differing from
  • Due to
  • Either
  • Equal
  • Equally
  • Especially
  • Even
  • Even if
  • Even so
  • Even though
  • Eventually
  • Expressed simply
  • Finally
  • First
  • Firstly
  • Following
  • For example/ For instance
  • For one thing
  • For the most part
  • For the purpose of
  • For this reason
  • Forthwith
  • From this point
  • Further
  • Furthermore
  • Generally speaking
  • Given that
  • Given these points
  • Granted that
  • Hence
  • However
  • I mean
  • If
  • Illustrated by
  • Importantly
  • In a nutshell
  • In a similar manner
  • In a word
  • In addition
  • In addition to this
  • In another case
  • In any event
  • In brief
  • In common
  • In conclusion
  • In connection to
  • In contrast (to)
  • In detail
  • In essence
  • In explanation
  • In fact
  • In general/ Generally
  • In lay terms
  • In like manner
  • In most cases
  • In opposition
  • In order to
  • In other words
  • In short
  • In simple language
  • In simple terms
  • In spite of
  • In summary
  • In summation
  • In terms
  • In that case
  • In the case of
  • In the end
  • In the event that
  • In the final analysis
  • In the first place
  • In the same fashion
  • In the same way
  • In the spitting image of
  • In this case
  • In this situation
  • In truth
  • In turn
  • In view of
  • Including
  • Indeed
  • Instead
  • It should be noted
  • Just as
  • Just as…so too
  • Just like
  • Last
  • Last but not least
  • Lastly and most importantly
  • Later
  • Lest
  • Like
  • Likewise
  • Mainly
  • Momentarily
  • More often than not
  • Moreover
  • Most important
  • Mostly
  • Namely
  • Naturally
  • Near
  • Nearby
  • Never
  • Nevertheless
  • Next
  • Next to
  • Nonetheless
  • Nor
  • Normally
  • Not long after
  • Not only…but also
  • Not to mention
  • Notwithstanding
  • Now
  • Obviously
  • Of course
  • Often
  • On bottom
  • On the condition that
  • On the other hand
  • On the whole
  • On this occasion
  • On top
  • Once
  • Only if
  • Opposite
  • Otherwise stated
  • Over
  • Overall
  • Owing to
  • Particularly / in particular
  • Pertaining to
  • Positively
  • Predominately
  • Previously
  • Prior to
  • Proof of this
  • Provided that
  • Put differently
  • Put in another way
  • Rather
  • Regarding
  • Regardless of this
  • Regularly
  • Reiterated
  • Resembles
  • Said differently
  • Same as
  • Second
  • Secondly
  • Seeing that
  • Similar to
  • Similarily
  • Similarly
  • Simplified
  • Simply put
  • Simply stated
  • Since
  • So that
  • Some examples of these might be:
  • Speaking about/of
  • Specifically
  • Still another
  • Subsequently
  • Such as
  • Surprisingly
  • Surrounding
  • That is to say
  • The fact that
  • Then
  • Therefore
  • Thereupon
  • Third
  • Thirdly
  • Though
  • Thus
  • To begin with
  • To break it down
  • To clarify
  • To clearly define
  • To conclude
  • To demonstrate
  • To emphasize
  • To end
  • To explain
  • To make plain
  • To put it clearly
  • To put it differently
  • To put it in another way
  • To repeat
  • To simplify
  • To sum up
  • To summarise
  • To the left
  • Together with
  • Tomorrow
  • Too
  • Truly
  • Typically
  • Ultimately
  • Underneath
  • Undoubtedly
  • Unless
  • Unlike
  • Unquestionably
  • Up against
  • Up to a point
  • Usually
  • When
  • Whenever
  • Whereas
  • While
  • With attention
  • With regards to
  • With respect to
  • With this in mind
  • With this intention
  • With this purpose
  • Without a doubt
  • Yet

Using Transition Words in Essays & Academic Writing

When writing an academic essay you want to clearly communicate your arguments. Transitions aid you in creating a logical relationship between sentences and paragraphs. Transitions help writers focus their reader’s attention in a particular way. They direct the reader on how to interpret the content of your essay.

Do not expect transitions to compensate for a poorly organized essay. Transitions are not used to make a piece of writing sound smarter. Instead, transitions allow the reader to follow the argument your paper lays out. Through transitions, readers see how ideas work together to develop a logical argument. Transitions convey a relationship between concepts or ideas. Transitions indicate an upcoming example, an exception to a previous argument, or an alternative to an established argument.

You can add transitions to improve the logical flow of your essay writing. Transitions operate boldly and in a straightforward manner. They fill the gaps between one topic and the next.

Transitions shape your essay’s argument for your reader. They work between and within paragraphs to help you write with precision.

Transition Words Between Paragraphs

Transitions connect the current paragraph to the previous one. They summarize the previous paragraph and introduce a new idea. Transitions between paragraphs occur at the end of one paragraph or the beginning of a new one. Furthermore, you can use the transitions between paragraphs in both places. Transitions between paragraphs can be a word, phrase, or sentence.

A good transition in an essay reminds the reader of what they just read and states what they are going to read next. It also expresses why this information is important.

Examples of transition words between paragraphs

  • Similarly
  • For example
  • However

Why do transitions between paragraphs often appear at the start of a new paragraph?

It easy to connect the previous paragraph to the current one with a transition. These transitions often use phrases to link the two paragraphs.

Examples of transition words at the start of the paragraph

  • Next
  • Despite the argument
  • In conclusion
  • Lastly
  • It logically follows
  • Subsequently
  • In comparison to

Transitions within Paragraphs

Transitions within paragraphs help the reader of your essay understand what information will be forthcoming. Expect these transitions to appears as a word or short phrase. Transition words can logically structure your paragraphs. They help improve the flow of your essay.

Example

Without transitions: Wanda did not have any money to buy her brother a gift. She did not receive an allowance at age four. She was sad on his birthday.

With transitions: Wanda did not have money to buy her brother a gift because she did not receive an allowance at age four. Nevertheless, she was sad on his birthday.

When you add transitions to the above example text you show how the three sentences relate to each other. Without relation, these sentences can appear disjointed. Readers may fail to grasp how these three sentences relate. With these transitions, your essay’s arguments become clearer.

The transition because joins the first and second sentences. It establishes a cause and effect relationship. The word nevertheless helps the prior sentence flow into the current sentences.

Examples of transition words within paragraphs

  • Because
  • So
  • And
  • Like
  • And
  • Or

Transition Words & Transitional Phrases with Examples

Learn an extensive list of transition words and phrases in English with example sentences.

Reason Transition Words

A reason transitional word is one that shows the cause and effect of a situation.

Usage: provide reasons for what has been stated or has occurred.

Common Transition Words to Show Cause and Effect in English

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Reason transitional words list with examples:

  • Because of – We were unable to go by train because of the rail strike.
  • With this in mind – With this in mind, we must ensure more job security.
  • In fact – In fact, the fighting became even more brutal on Sunday.
  • In order to – In order to achieve this, we need a budget.
  • Due to – The event is off due to a scheduling error.

Result Transition Words

The result group of transition words is closely linked to the reason category. Result transition words tell the reader to expect to learn about the outcome of a specific situation.

Usage: Provide the result of what has been stated or has occurred.

To find result-oriented transition words explore the examples below:

  • As a result – His wife left him. As a result, he became very depressed.
  • As a consequence (of) – She has lived in France, and as a consequence speaks French fluently.
  • Therefore – We do not have enough money. Therefore we cannot afford to buy the new car.
  • Thus – We do not own the building. Thus, it would be impossible for us to make any major changes to it.
  • Consequently – There has been a great deal of rain and consequently the reservoirs are full.
  • Hence – The customer was displeased with her meal, hence the chef prepared a replacement.
  • For this reason – For this reason, they are not a good choice for exterior use.
  • Due to – Due to a broken wing, this bird can’t fly.

Emphasis Transition Words

An emphasis transitional word is used to support a piece of information that has just been given, they can also be used to emphasize an idea.

Function: Put forward a point or idea more forcefully

Let’s look at some example sentences of emphasis transitional words & transitional phrases:

  • Undoubtedly – Undoubtedly, the story itself is one of the main attractions.
  • Indeed – I don’t mind at all. Indeed, I would be delighted to help.
  • Obviously – Obviously, we don’t want to spend too much money.
  • Particularly / in particular – I love silver earrings, in particular ones from Mexico.
  • Especially – The car is quite small, especially if you have children.
  • Clearly – Clearly, this will cost a lot more than we realized.
  • Importantly – More importantly, can he be trusted?
  • Absolutely – He’s an absolutely brilliant cook.
  • Definitely – I definitely remember sending the letter.
  • Without a doubt – We still believe we can win this series without a doubt.
  • Never – I’m never surprised at what I do.
  • It should be noted – It should be noted that if you have something to note, then note it.
  • Unquestionably – Unquestionably, teaching has been a paramount part of his career.
  • Above all – Above all, this forest is designed for wear and tear.
  • Positively – This is positively the worst thing that I can even imagine.

Addition Transition Words

An Addition transition word will give additional information in a sentence, deepening the meaning that is taken from it.

Function: Add to what has been previously stated.

Addition transitional words and transitional phrases list with examples:

  • Additionally / an additional – Additionally, the bus service will run on Sundays, every two hours.
  • Furthermore – He said he had not discussed the matter with her. Furthermore, he had not even contacted her.
  • Also – We are unable to repair this watch. Also, this is the fourth time this has happened.
  • Too – I love wearing earrings. I design and make them too.
  • As well as that – We went to the park today. As well as that, we did some shopping.
  • Along with – Along with parties and parliaments, elections have lost their charm.
  • Besides – I can’t afford to go to the concert. Besides, I don’t really like classical music.
  • In addition – You haven’t paid the rent yet. In addition, you owe me money.
  • Moreover – The report is badly presented. Moreover, it contains inaccuracies.
  • Not only…but also – If the project fails this will have terrible consequences not only on our department, but also on the whole organization.
  • In addition to this – John’s grades are terrible because he has been so lazy these days. In addition to this, his relationship to his parents got worse.
  • Apart from this – Apart from this paragraph, the report contains a number of sensible initiatives.

Illustration Transition Words

There are many transition words that will indicate that an example is forthcoming. These words clarify that evidence for your argument is coming up.

Function: Provide examples.

Some vibrant transition words appear below to help prepare your reader for new evidence or examples.

  • For example/ For instance – There are many interesting places to visit in the city, for example/ for instance, the botanical garden or the art museum.
  • Such as – I prefer to wear casual clothes, such as jeans and a sweatshirt.
  • Including – Including Christmas Day and Boxing Day, I’ve got a week off work.
  • Namely – We need to concentrate on our target audience, namely women aged between 20 and 30.
  • In this case – I think I would have made a difference in this case.
  • Proof of this – This building is a living proof of this existence, so we must preserve it.
  • Like – I also make other jewelry like rings and bracelets.
  • To demonstrate/ To clarify – Regarding my previous email, I would like to clarify one of my sentences which was not that clear.

Contrast Transition Words

A contrast transitional word can be used to show a contrast between two ideas within a sentence.

Function: Show how things are different.

Contrast transition words list with examples:

  • Unlike – Unlike most systems, this one is very easy to install.
  • Nevertheless – There is little chance that we will succeed in changing the law. Nevertheless, it is important that we try.
  • On the other hand – Laptops are convenient; on the other hand, they can be expensive.
  • Nonetheless – The problems are not serious. Nonetheless, we shall need to tackle them soon.
  • Despite/ in spite of – Despite/ In spite of the rain, I went for a walk.
  • In contrast (to) – In contrast to the diligent bee, the butterfly flies hither and yon with no apparent purpose.
  • While – While London is exciting, it is much too busy.
  • Whereas – Life in the city is fast, whereas life in the countryside is slow.
  • Alternatively – The agency will make travel arrangements for you. Alternatively, you can organize your own transport.
  • Conversely – Northern European countries had a great summer. On the contrary/conversely, southern Europe had poor weather.
  • Even so – Even so, many old friends were shocked at the announcement.
  • Differing from – Differing from his white colleagues, he preferred instructing his scholars to the ambition of acquiring personal renown.
  • Contrary to – The situation in Ireland is quite contrary to this principle.

Comparison/Similarity Transition Words

A comparison/similarity transition word is used to compare two ideas or thoughts.

Function: Show how things are similar.

Comparison/Similarity transitional words and transitional phrases examples:

  • Similarly – Similarly, the basketball and hockey games draw nearly full attendance.
  • Equally – Equally, not all customers are honest.
  • Likewise – Her second marriage was likewise unhappy.
  • Just as – She’s just as smart as her sister.
  • Just like – Working with housecats is just like working with lions or tigers.
  • Similar to – Some people say I have a running style similar to him.
  • Same as – Having power is not the same as using the power.
  • Compare/compare (d) to (with) – He gets the ball off quickly compared to two years ago.
  • By the same token – Teenagers should be more respectful; by the same token, parents should be more understanding.
  • In the same way – Alex enjoys telling jokes; in the same way/similarly, his son adores funny stories.
  • Correspondingly – Correspondingly, the roles each of them played were soon different.

Common Transition Words & Transitional Phrases in English

Common Additive Transition Words & Phrases in EnglishPin

Order Transition Words

Some transition words point to an order to keep your arguments functioning logically. These words and phrases show how you should perceive information.

1. Function: To indicate the order of what is being said

  • First/ firstly – Firstly, I prefer the train because I can see the landscape
  • Second/ secondly – Secondly, I have control over my luggage.
  • Third/ thirdly – Thirdly, it is better for the environment.
  • Finally – Finally, I got an A in Math.
  • At this time – At this time, the young man leaped into the air and flew off towards the sunset.
  • Following – They arrived on Monday evening and we got there the following day.
  • Previously – I had visited them for three days previously.
  • Before – Your name is before mine on the list.
  • Subsequently – Subsequently, new guidelines were issued to all employees.

2. Function: Transition words and phrases to mark the end of an ascending order.

  • Above all – Above all, keep in touch.
  • Lastly and most importantly – Lastly, and most importantly, you should be optimistic.
  • Last but not least – Last but not least, I find I seriously cannot relate to women.

3. Function: To mark the beginning of a descending order.

Conclusion Transition Words

Function: Transition words and phrases to sum up what has been previously stated.

Summary transition words list with examples:

  • In conclusionIn conclusion, walking is a cheap, safe, enjoyable and readily available form of exercise.
  • To summarise – To summarise, this is a clever approach to a common problem.
  • Altogether – The food was good and we loved the music. Altogether it was a great evening.
  • In short – His novels belong to a great but vanished age. They are, in short, old-fashioned.
  • To sum up – To sum up, there are three main ways of tackling the problem…
  • In summaryIn summary, this was a disappointing performance.
  • Briefly – Briefly, our team is now one of the best in the world.
  • To conclude – To conclude, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season.

Condition Transitional Words

Transition words that suggest another perspective fall under the category of conditional transitional words. That is to say, that the facts discussed may be mutable depending on specific conditions

Function: To provide a condition to what has been stated

Condition transitional words and transitional phrases examples:

  • If – If anyone calls, tell them I’m not at home.
  • In that case – I’ve made up my mind.’ ‘In that case, there’s no point discussing it.
  • In case – Take an umbrella in case it rains.
  • Unless – Unless I’m mistaken, she was back at work yesterday.

Concession Transition Words

Function: To accept a point or idea with reservation/to express an opposing viewpoint.

Concession transition words list with examples:

  • Admittedly – Admittedly, it is rather expensive but you don’t need to use much.
  • All the same – My parents treated us all the same when we were kids.
  • Up to a point – Their plan worked up to a point.
  • Even so – Even so, many old friends were shocked at the announcement.
  • In spite of – In spite of the fact that he is rich, he lives in a small house.
  • Although/Even though – Although/ Even though he is rich, he lives in a small house.
  • Even if – He is poor and has no house, but even if he had money, he wouldn’t buy a house.
  • However – She has the window open, however cold it is outside.

Generalization Transition Words

Words in the generalization category reveal a forthcoming example that will illustrate a traditional viewpoint.

Function: Transition words and phrases to make a general statement.

  • As a rule – As a general rule vegetable oils are better for you than animal fats.
  • For the most part – For the most part, there are two types of lyric generators.
  • In general/ Generally – In general, Japanese cars are very reliable and breakdowns are rare.
  • On the whole – On the whole, I think it is a good idea but I would still like to study it further.
  • Overall – Overall, this is a very useful book.
  • In most cases – In most cases they escape the attention of the wider public.

Restatement Transition Words

Restatement transition words are used to summarise an idea or restate something that has already been said.

Function: Express an alternative to what has been previously stated.

  • In other words – In other words, the elephant is already dancing with the dragon.
  • To put it differently – To put it differently, we use one ear to listen to one another, the other ear to listen to the water.

Reference Transition Words

People use reference transitional words and phrases to a relationship between continuing ideas.

Function: Literally make a reference to a continuing idea.

  • Speaking about/of – Speaking of your mother, we’d better go in so she doesn’t worry.
  • As for (this) – I can’t teach that class today, I’m sick. As for the rest of the teachers, they are still on leave.
  • Considering (this) – You managed the project well, considering your inexperience.
  • Regarding (this) – We’re exploring a variety of options regarding this issue.
  • The fact that – There are exceptions, but the fact that information is held in confidence is not as such a sufficient reason for exemption.
  • With regards to (this) – With regard to the bomb, I think we should only deploy it preemptively once we know the enemy intends to bomb us, as well.

Clarification Transition Words

Usage: Further explain an idea or thought.

  • That is (to say), – Our friends, that is to say, our son’s friends will meet us at the airport.
  • I mean, – I mean, he’s a good teacher, but I just don’t like him.
  • In other words – He was economical with the truth – in other words, he lied.

Space/Location Transition Words

Function: To clarify spatial relationships/to provide spatial order and reference.

  • At the rearBut at the rear, in his camel-hair coat, filling up a comer with his huge body, he was standing.
  • NearbyNearby is a village with a decent pub.

Chart of Common Transition Words & Transitional Phrases

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Conjunctions vs. Transition Words & Phrases

Conjunctions sometimes masquerade as transitions. However, conjunctions and transitions have different functions. A conjunction joins two clauses in a sentence. In contrast, transitions reveal the relationship between two sentences or paragraphs. Transitions signal to the reader how pieces of information fit together in a logical way. Similarly, both conjunctions and transitions connect ideas or thoughts.

What Are Conjunctions?

Conjunction brings two clauses in a sentence together. Removing conjunction from a sentence causes grammatical changes to the text. There are two main types of conjunctions that exist: subordinate and coordinating. Each serves a specific function.

Subordinating conjunctions

This type of conjunction will link an independent clause to a dependent one. Subordinating conjunction indicates a relationship between clauses. It stresses which clause is most important within the confines of a sentence.

Example

  • Even though the lights went out, he was able to see the intruder.
  • As I learned the truth, the world around me made sense for the first time.
  • She went to the doctor because her eyes burned.

Coordinating conjunctions

Join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction to create a compound sentence. It is easy to remember the seven coordinating conjunctions with the mnemonic FANBOYS. The seven coordinating conjunctions include: for, as, nor, but, or, yet and so.

Example

  • The girl smiled, so I knew she was okay.
  • Her heart broke, but she did not cry.
  • I could go to the store, or I could go to the movies.

In addition, to the above main conjunctions, you may come across correlating conjunctions. Correlating conjunctions are word pairs that function together to connect equal sentence elements. Common correlating conjunctions include word pairs like neither…nor or not only…but also.

What Are Transitions?

Removing a transition from a sentence does not hold any grammatical consequences to your writing. Transitions can either be words or phrases. They connect two ideas and establish the relationship between these ideas. Transitions direct readers to the logical progression of your argument. They create a shift in perspective. That is to say, transitions can signal an upcoming comparison, opposition, or result.

Unlike conjunctions, transitions connect more than the idea of one sentence together. They instead showcase the relationship between two sentences or a paragraph. Transitions are usually set apart from a sentence with a comma. This is not always the case with conjunctions. For example, subordinating conjunctions do not need commas.

You can categorize transitions by their specific functions. Listed here are transition examples sorted by their use.

Examples

Transitions work to connect sentences or paragraphs. Below find examples of how transitions operate in writing.

  • Marcy cut class with her boyfriend. As a result, her parents sent her to boarding school.
  • In general, politicians want to help their constituents. However, some are only out for themselves.
  • School finished at 3 pm. Despite that, Mary did not get home until 11 pm.

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