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.
first, second, third
not to mention
by the same token
as well as
02. Transition Words To Show Contrast, Opposition And Limitation
These transitional words show contrast in ideas, highlight the alternatives, and introduce a change.
on the other hand
in spite of
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.
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.
as a result
in that case
for this reason
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.
as exemplified by
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.
to sum up
on the whole
all in all
on the whole
thus to summarise
following the research of
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
from time to time
in the first place
in due time
as long as
in the meantime
as soon as
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.
on top of
in front of
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.
- Writing Transition Phrases and Sentences: 12 Types of Sentence and Paragraph Transitions with 112 Examples
- Make Your Writing Flow: A Practical Guide to Transitional Words and Phrases
- A Writer’s Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions
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