What are transition words?

Transition words are words that show the reader the relationship between phrases, sentences or even paragraphs. Transition words make it more natural for readers to know how thoughts and ideas are related. They also prepare the reader for what’s coming in the next sentences.

A list showing all transitional words

The Role Of Transitional Words

1. Transition words show the flow between phrases, sentences or paragraphs.
2. They improve readability and text structure.
3. Transition words make it easier to read and understand a text.
4. They show how thoughts and ideas are interconnected.
5. They can help readers to understand the logic of your writing
6. They also prepare readers for what is coming next.

List of ALL Transition words.

Here, a list of almost all transition words is given with all types of transition words. Example sentences are also given where transition words and phrase are being used.

Transition Example word/phrase Example sentence
Cause And Effect Accordingly The last place team went bankrupt and is no longer part of the competition.
We’ve adjusted the tables accordingly.
Cause And Effect As a result He forgot to water the plants. As a result, they died.
Cause And Effect Consequently The prisoner didn’t behave well. Consequently, the guards have decided to put him in isolation.
Cause And Effect For this reason She passed the end exam with flying colours. For this reason, we’re throwing a party.
Cause And Effect Hence She made quite an impression during the interview. Hence, they’ve decided to hire her.
Cause And Effect So I’ve never seen him before, so I can’t imagine he’s a regular here.
Cause And Effect Therefore I’m tired. Therefore, I’m going to bed.
Cause And Effect Thus I tried really hard, but sheer willpower wasn’t enough for me to float. Thus, we can conclude that gravity exists.
Clarification As an illustration The animal world can be cruel. As an illustration, take the way lions kill the cubs of rivals.
Clarification In other words We’re letting you go. In other words, you’re fired.
Clarification Indeed They claim they’re the best in the game. Indeed, they are getting good results with minimal resources.
Transition Types Example word/phrase Example sentence
Clarification That is to say Beginners, that is to say those with less than 3 years’ experience, tend to struggle with this complex task.
Clarification To clarify I’m not fond of that particular aspect of the plan. To clarify, I’m not opposed to the idea at large.
Contrast At the same time I don’t think I’ll go. At the same time, I could use a night out.
Contrast Albeit The chances, albeit low, are not insignificant.
Contrast But I am not fond of most fruits, but I do like bananas.
Contrast Despite Despite his reservations, they decided to move abroad.
Contrast Even though Even though he’s done a great job, I don’t think he’ll be able to keep it up in the long run.
Contrast However I’ve done my best. However, it seems that just wasn’t enough.
Contrast Nonetheless/neverthel ess I’ve always felt a bit uncomfortable with zoos. Nevertheless, I enjoy taking my daughter there.
Contrast On the contrary I didn’t say I didn’t like it. On the contrary, I thought her performance was fantastic.
Contrast On the other hand I doubt it’s going to be a success. On the other hand, he’s surprised me before.
Contrast Still She’d been looking forward to the performance. Still, she was a bit anxious for it.
Contrast Whereas He’s very prickly, whereas she’s more easygoing.
Contrast While While I haven’t checked the stats, she seems to be having a great game.
Contrast Yet He was advised against taking up fencing. Yet, he decided to go for it.
Example For example Advertisements aren’t always completely honest. For example, the campaigns claiming milk to be essential mainly served the goal of getting rid of excess milk farmers were stuck with.
Example For instance In the evening, I like to relax. For instance, I enjoy watching TV.
Example To demonstrate Frogs are very difficult to catch. To demonstrate, I’ve released eight of them in this room. Good luck, everyone!
Emphasis Above all There are many reasons to exercise regularly. Above all, it keeps you healthy.
Emphasis By all means I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable. By all means, make yourselves at home!
Emphasis Most importantly She enjoys many aspects of her work here. Most importantly, she feels like she can make a difference here.
And What I like most are crisps and pizzas.
Addition/Enumeration Again I accept your views, even if I don’t agree.
Again, I don’t want to cause a fuss.
Addition/Enumeration As well as There will be drinks as well as a DJ.
Addition/Enumeration Firstly/secondly Firstly, I’m going to write a post. Secondly, I’m recording some video lessons.
Addition/Enumeration Furthermore In the next twenty years, I hope to develop my skills as a guitar player. Furthermore, I want to play a couple of shows.
Addition/Enumeration In addition I’m going to work on my novel today. In addition, I’m doing some cleaning.
Addition/Enumeration Moreover I don’t feel comfortable with you staying out until 2 am. Moreover, you’ve been out three nights already this week!
Fuzzy Signals Almost What day was the party again? I’m
almost sure it was Saturday.
Fuzzy Signals Maybe I don’t have a surefire solution. Maybe
you could try going on holiday?
Fuzzy Signals Probably I’m not quite sure how many people are going to show up. It’s probably going to be quite crowded, though.
Fuzzy Signals Seems like How did you manage to do this in such a short period of time? It seems like you had quite a bit of inspiration.
Time After that I’ll start by telling you what transition words are. After that, I’ll tell you why you should always use them.
Time All of a sudden Things seemed to be going so well. All of a sudden, though, they told us they were going to break up.
Time As long as I won’t put up with this anymore. As long as you’re part of this team, I’m out.
Time Before When I moved out, I realized how much my parents did for me. I didn’t even think about stuff like that before.
Time During His collapse was unprecedented. During the first part of the race, he seemed like the absolute favorite to win!
Time Meanwhile Harry was practicing his skills. Meanwhile, Carrie was out looking for trouble.
Time Subsequently First we tried to play nice. Subsequently, we concluded that a more direct approach was the way to go.
Similarity In the same vein I always try to be respectful. In the same vein, she very humbly asked the professor to repeat what he’d said because she didn’t quite catch it.
Similarity Likewise John is always hell-bent on doing what’s right. Likewise, Mary tries to live her life as best she can.
Similarity Similarly She tried really hard to entertain her guests. Similarly, he put all his heart and soul in cooking a great dinner.
Summarize/Conclude All things considered / all in all /, as shown above, / as can be seen
/ as has been noted
She’s been very driven, and she’s inspired others to work hard as well. All things considered, I think she’s lead the project very well.
Summarize/Conclude In conclusion / in summary In conclusion, transition words are an important aspect of SEO copywriting.
Summarize/Conclude In short / in brief He’s handsome, courteous and he dresses very well. In short, he’s Prince charming!
Summarize/Conclude Ultimately It was pretty fun to do, but a lot of work as well. Ultimately, I’m pretty happy this thing is over with.

Conclusively. Transition words are very significant for the readability of any piece of text. However, numerous people struggle with them. If you do, study them the aforementioned list thoroughly and make sure you also practice a lot. In addition, make sure you’re aware of the structure of the text. In this way, it will be easier to pick the best transition words available on the spot.

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