Transition Words: How To Use Them?

Transition Words: Definition

As the name suggests, transition words help to transition from one sentence to another, from one paragraph to another, and from one topic to another.

In this post, I will share some useful transitional words and expressions that will help you use them effectively in your writing. These transitional words and phrases allow readers to establish links between ideas as they read through the text.

When To Use Transition Words?

How do you know when to use transitional words in your writing? The answer is, “When you need to bring coherence to the text, use transitional words, and phrases.”

Transitional words and phrases are used when you need to connect ideas by introducing a shift, contrast, emphasis, purpose, or conclusion in the text.

Types Of Transition Words

As transitional words and phrases perform different functions, they are categorized into following different types.

01. Transition Words To Show Agreement, Addition And Similarity

These transitional words introduce ideas, reinforce ideas, show the agreement of ideas, and show add-ons to the topics that have already been discussed.

then

also

moreover

additionally

furthermore

again

similarly

further

besides

too

correspondingly

indeed

likewise

coupled with

regarding

first, second, third

not to mention

identically

together with

by the same token

as well as

of course 

together with

 02. Transition Words To Show Contrast, Opposition And Limitation

These transitional words show contrast in ideas, highlight the alternatives, and introduce a change.

but

rather

or

in contrast

however

nonetheless

regardless

notwithstanding

nevertheless

unlike

on the other hand

albeit

still

although

despite

in spite of

even though

otherwise

whereas

conversely

yet

above all

03. Transition Words To Show Cause And Conditions

These transitional words show the connection between ideas and how one action leads to another or causes another action.

as

since

due to

while

when

because

if…then

unless

in case

whenever

so that

provided that

owing to

given that 

in view of

04. Transition Words To Show Effect And Result

These transitional words emphasize the consequence or result of a specific action.
Here is a list of transition words that show effect and result.

therefore

thus

consequently

henceforth

in effect

as a result

in that case

for this reason

accordingly 

forthwith

05. Transition Words To Give Examples And Support Ideas

These transitional words are used to give examples or supporting ideas. Here are some transition words that give examples and support ideas.

for example

for instance

namely

such as

as follows

as exemplified by

such as

including

especially

particularly

in particular

notably

Mainly

indeed

in fact

06. Transition Words To Show Conclusion And Summarization

These transitional words are used to conclude ideas. They also summarize ideas or bring the essay, or paragraph to a close.

in conclusion

therefore

to conclude

to sum up

on the whole

ultimately

all in all

on the whole

hence

thus to summarise

altogether

overall

following the research of

after analysis

07. Transition Words To Describe Time

These transitional words are used to define or show the limitation of time. These words set out the relation of a sequence of events as they occur.

at the present time

presently

from time to time

now

occasionally

once

in the first place

in due time

as long as

in the meantime 

formerly

prior to

as soon as

momentarily

08. Transition Words To Indicate Position And Locations

These transitional words are used to show the location of a noun, or the relationship between two things with regards to their location or position. Here are some examples of transition words that are used to show the position or location of things.

over

above

on top of

in front of

behind

next to

beside

amid

under 

below 

adjacent to

Now, you may notice that most of these words are prepositions, and they also serve as transitions.

Transition Words List

Use this FREE transitional words list.

When And How To Use Transition Words

To understand better, let’s take this example:

Without The Use Of Transitional Words:

  • I ate Laila’s chocolates. She is angry with me.
  • Sam likes to read adventure. He needs to start reading mysteries.
  • Maria was not ready to go to the party. Laila and Sam decided to change their plan.

All these sentences do not use transitional words to show the proper connection between phrases. As a result, it is not clear to understand the relation between the sentences and how these are related.

With The Use Of Transitional Words:

Let’s use transition phrases and see the changes in each of the sentences.

  • I ate Laila’s chocolates, so she is angry with me.
  • Sam likes to read adventure. However, he needs to start reading mysteries.
  • Since Maria was not ready to go to the party, Laila and Sam decided to change their plan.

Notice how using transition phrases and correct punctuation clearly shows the relation between events.

Transitional Words Quiz

Here’s a FREE PRACTICE QUIZ for you to test your knowledge about transitional words. All you need to do is choose the correct transitional word.

Books To Learn How To Use Transitional Words And Phrases

Here are some books to help you effectively use transitional words.

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Kokab Fahad
Kokab Fahad
2 months ago

I am already a very big fan of your teaching style. If possible plz try to accommodate my elder daughter also, by adjusting the time issue.