All transitions serve a single purpose: they express a relationship between ideas. Key to understanding which transition will work best in a given situation is understanding the relationship between the two ideas one is trying to link with the transition.

Transitional Relationships and Words


also, again, as well as, besides, coupled with, furthermore, in addition, likewise, moreover, similarly


accordingly, as a result, consequently, for this reason, for this purpose, hence, otherwise, so then, subsequently, therefore, thus, thereupon, wherefore


as a rule, as usual, for the most part, generally, generally speaking, ordinarily, usually


chiefly, especially, for instance, in particular, markedly, namely, particularly, including, specifically, such as


for example, for instance, for one thing, as an illustration, illustrated with, as an example, in this case


above all, chiefly, with attention to, especially, particularly, singularly


comparatively, coupled with, correspondingly, identically, likewise, similar, moreover, together with


aside from, barring, besides, except, excepting, excluding, exclusive of, other than, outside of, save


in essence, in other words, namely, that is, that is to say, in short, in brief, to put it differently

Contrast and Comparison

contrast, by the same token, conversely, instead, likewise, on one hand, on the other hand, on the contrary, rather, similarly, yet, but, however, still, nevertheless, in contrast


at first, first of all, to begin with, in the first place, at the same time, for now, for the time being, the next step, in time, in turn, later on, meanwhile, next, then, soon, the meantime, later, while, earlier, simultaneously, afterward, in conclusion, with this in mind,


after all, all in all, all things considered, briefly, by and large, in any case, in any event, in brief, in conclusion, on the whole, in short, in summary, in the final analysis, in the long run, on balance, to sum up, to summarize, finally


by the way, incidentally


here, there, over there, beyond, nearly, opposite, under, above, to the left, to the right, in the distance

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