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    Transition Words by Type of Use


    Purpose of transition words: Transition words help to lead your reader from point to point in your writing. Often you know why one fact or sentence follows another, but that logic stays unseen in your head. The reader doesn’t know the logic, and thus ideas can seem disconnected or misplaced. Use transition words so the reader can follow your thinking. Lead them along to make sure you are understood.

    Addition:

    Additionally (in addition)

    Also

    Alternately

    Besides

    Further (furthermore)

    Moreover


    Example:

    After all

    As an illustration

    For example

    For instance

    In particular

    Specifically


    Comparison:

    Along the same lines

    In a like manner

    In other words

    In the same way

    Likewise

    Similarly


    Contrast:

    Actually

    Admittedly

    Although

    Conversely

    Even so

    Even though

    However

    In contrast

    Ironically

    Nevertheless

    Nonetheless

    On the contrary

    On the other hand

    Regardless

    Still

    Yet


    Emphasis:

    Above all

    Besides

    Indeed

    More importantly


    Cause and Effect:

    Accordingly

    As a result

    Consequently (as a consequence)

    Hence

    It follows, then that...

    Presumably

    Since

    So

    Therefore


    Numerical or listing:

    Eventually

    Finally

    First of all (+ second, third, etc.)

    Firstly (+ secondly, thirdly, etc.)

    In the first place (+ in the second place, in the third place, etc.)

    Lastly

    Previously

    Subsequently

    Then


    Summary or conclusion:

    As a result

    Consequently

    In a word

    In short

    In the end

    Overall

    Thus

    To put it another way

    To summarize

    Ultimately