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What are Transition Words?

The most reasonable ideas in the world, voiced in the most beautiful sentences, will move no one unless those ideas are perfectly connected. Students have always received criticism about a written assignment and projects, to use more transition words, which is where a list of transition words come in handy. If you don’t want your papers or written piece to sound like a long string of transition words, consider adding transition words when appropriate in order to spice up the work and to make the segments flow effortlessly from one to another.  
There are four basic considerations in providing transitions between ideas:
repeating key words and phrases, using pronoun reference,using parallel form and using transitional expressions.

Providing transitions between ideas is predominantly a matter of attitude.


Definition of Transition Words

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Transitional expedients include pronouns, repetition, and transitional expressions. The connection with words, phrases, clauses, sentences, or entire paragraphs, between two parts of a piece of writing, contributing to adherence is called Transition words. English transition words are important, since they not only connect ideas and beliefs, but also accustom a certain alteration, disparity or opposition, attention, stress or accord, purpose, desire, result or conclusion, etc. in the line of disagreement.
Transitions are words and phrases that serve as bridges from on idea to the next, one sentence to the next, or one paragraph to the next.Transition examples are found:
  • Between Paragraphs
  • Within Paragraphs
  • Between Sections

Definition of Transition Words

A word or phrase that shows how the meaning of one sentence is related to the meaning of the preceding sentence are called Transition words. Transitional expressions between and within a paragraph help the reader move from one detail supporting point in an essay to the next. The transitions shouldn’t be tough and monotonous even though the essay is organized.Transitional words and phrases can make influential relations between ideas in essays and can help readers understand the reasoning and intellectual of your paper.

Transition words can also be used when connecting two independent clauses with a semicolon. To use transition words in this way, your sentence structure follows:

Independent clause + semicolon + transition word + comma + independent clause


 Most significant Accordingly
On the whole
Nonetheless   Meanwhile
Notwithstanding   As a matter of fact  Furthermore  Subsequently

Transition Words and Phrases

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You do not need a Transition between every word and idea of a sentence, but its always good to use Transitions in a paragraph. Below mentioned are several ways transitions can e used. The Transitional words are classified to emphasize or to :
  • Transition to emphasize a point
  • Transition to Show location
  • Transition to Compares items
  • Transition to Contrasts items
  • Transition to Show Time
  • Transition to Clarify
  • Transition to Information
  • Transition to Conclude or Summarize
  • Transitions to Enumerate
Transition to Emphasize a point

 for this reason  another key point
important to realize
   most compelling evidence      most important information    key point
 again  on the positive side  point often overlooked
 to emphasize  frequently    first thing to remember  
 indeed  in fact  to repeat
 on the negative side  with this in mind  must be remembered
 truly  surprising  surprisingly enough
 significant that  to point out  certainly

Transition to Show Location

 back of   behind
 between  beyond  against  along  below  amid
 around  into  near  down  in front of
  throughout   away from
 by  off  on top of
  in the center of 
 inside  to the left   to the right 
 under  up  among
 beside   in the middle of 
 here and there  opposite to   to the left/ right

Transition to Compares Items

  in the same way  
 likewise   in conjunction with this  
  comparable to 
 like   in the same manner  
 similarly  sometimes
 accordingly  also  as  just as

Transition to Contrast Items

  on the contrary     on the other hand  
 in spite of this
 even so as opposed to
but conversely
  nevertheless   yet  however  otherwise
 still  even though
 counter to   in the mean time 

Transitions to Show Time

  at the same time  
 during  as soon as  first
 immediately  next week
 afterwards  last  at
 today  after  next time
 next year
 next   in the meantime  
 later  finally  prior to
 second next
 tomorrow  until  when  yesterday
 about  soon   then  third  till

Transition to Clarify

for example
 for instance  that is  in other words
  seems clear from this  
simply stated
  stated differently  
  put another way 
 to clarify   to illustrate the point   to emphasize  to explain

Transition to Information

  additionally     for instance   besides
 equally important 
  in addition
 for example  as well    along with   furthermore  finally
 likewise  moreover  next
 together with
 another  again  further  also  comparatively 

Transition to Conclude or Summarize

as a result
 in short   in summary 
  in the last analysis  
 in conclusion
  logical conclusion is    all in all
 thus  to conclude
 due to  therefore  in closing

Transition to Enumerate
These transitions are to be used as sets.

 first one important
a significant
 first in the beginning
 second   equally important 
 another significant
 next   toward the middle 
 third  most important
 of greatest significance 
 last  at the end
 in addition

Purpose of Transition Words

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Transition words help a written essay or paper work flow easily and smoothly. Transition words must fall naturally throughout the composition. The purpose of Transitions are:
  • Transitions are phrases or words used to connect one idea to the next
  • Different transition words do different things
  • Transitions are used to help progress from one significant idea to the next
  • Transitions convey information clearly and concisely
  • Transitions also show the relationship within a paragraph or a sentence, between the main idea and the support given for those ideas
  • Transitions are words with particular meanings that tell the reader to think and react in a particular way to the ideas.
  • Using transitions guides through the paper and increases the relationship between one part of the paper or argument and another.

Purpose of Transition Words

Examples of Transitions

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Mentioned below are few Transition examples:
  • Students should be on time. Furthermore, they must be prepared.
  • Not only did my brother break his leg, but he also bruised his rib.
  • Cheating is dishonest. Moreover, it hinders students from learning.
  • He hates housecleaning. On the other hand, he doesn't mind cooking.
  • Despite the fact that Katie is good at tennis, she lost the match.
  • In conclusion, I feel that she deserves to win the scholarship.
  • He was late to class again. In other words, he didn't wake up on time.
  • James is not feeling well. Therefore, he will not be here today.
  • You can either ride the bus or walk to my apartment.
  • Even though the book is difficult to read, it is very interesting.
  • Women usually enjoy shopping. In contrast, men often dislike it.
  • Bill earned an A on his essay, but Susan got a B.
  • I have been to many countries. For example, I have been to Lebanon, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Scotland.
  • My friend hates skiing for several reasons. The first reason is that she dislikes being cold. Another reason is that she often falls.


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Complete each sentence or paragraph by selecting the transition (word or phrase) that best fits in each blank.
  1. _____, raising animals for food uses valuable land, water, and energy.
  2. One reason people have dogs is for companionship; _______ is for protection.
  3. _________ Angry Birds is a new game; it has quickly become very popular.
  4. ______, this temperature increase is not an isolated occurrence.
  5. _____, some Christians believe the books are compatible with Christianity,_____, that they embody basic Christian beliefs.
  6. He often eats strange foods. __________, he once ate cow brains.
  7. I love fruit. _________, I like mangoes, pineapple, and strawberries.
  8. I am not going out tonight. ______,I will stay home and watch a video.
  9. The plan needed only two things to succeed—___________, time and money.
  10. I know you don't like to study. _________, you must pass your exam.
  11. ________, I believe that she is a bright student. 
  12. I like _____that person _______ his brother.
  13. Roderic is ______ an outstanding teacher, _______ he is ________ a gourmet cook.
  14. I like to travel. __________, I enjoy places with old cathedrals.
  15. _______ I met my former boyfriend, I never really understood the meaning of the word unreliable.

Underline the Transitions from each of the following sentence:

  1. Reading is an excellent way to increase your vocabulary. Furthermore, it can also help you improve your grammar.
  2. The steak was delicious likewise the scallops were marvelous.
  3. The weather is supposed to be terrible on Tuesday thus all flights out of Chicago will
  4. most likely be canceled.
  5. Larry will probably be a late bloomer socially, just like his older brothers.
  6. A water main downtown broke this morning, so several businesses had no water for hours.
  7. Bob did not like going to the dentist. However, it was something that just had to be done.
  8. Barbara returned home after curfew last night; consequently, he is grounded for two weeks.
  9. I would love to stay and help you clean your room however I think I hear my mother
    calling me.
  10. Natalie went to the shop to get her hair done meanwhile Samantha and her mother went shopping for dresses at the mall.

List the following:

  • List two transitions that show contrast:
  • List two transitions used to introduce examples:
  • List the three transitions that signal a major idea:
  • List two transitions used to add another example:
  • What transition is used to signal the conclusion?
  • List two transitions that shows similarity:
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