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Transition words

Transition words

Author: Kathy Hanley

    Introduce transition words and how they can improve writing. 


    List a variety of transition words that show a contrast.


    List a variety of transition words that show addition.


    List a variety of transition words that show illustration.


    List a variety of transition words that show cause and effect. 


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English writing style and who is confused about how to incorporate appropriate transition words. It will explain common transition words and their purposes in writing.  

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Using Transitions to Improve Writing

Transtion words are the tools authors use to connect ideas, sentences, and paragraphs.  Transitions, when used with skill, makes writing seamless and smooth and more interesting.

Source: Kathleen Hanley

List of Transitions


Transitions that show addition:

  • and, also, besides, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover, next, too, first, second

Transitions that show Illustration:

  • for example, for instance, to illustrate, in fact, specifically

Transitions that show similarity:

  • in the same manner, similarly, likewise

Transitions that indicate time or place:

  • after, as, before, next, during, later,  finally, meanwhile, then, when, while, immediately

Transitions that show a contrast:

  • but, however, on the other have, in contrast, nevertheless, still, even though, on the contrary, yet, enough
  • above, below, beyond, farther on, nearby, opposite, close

Transitions that show conclusions:

  • in other words, in short, in summary, in conclusion, to sum up, that is, therefore

Transitions that show cause and effect:

  • if, so, therefore, consequently, thus, as a result, for this reason, since


Source: Kathleen Hanley