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Transition Words and Phrases

This is a list of some common transition words and phrases that can be used to cue readers in a given way. Transition words or phrases help carry a thought from one sentence to another, from one idea to another, or from one paragraph to another. They also link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly so that there are no abrupt jumps or breaks between ideas.
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created March 26, 2017
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PurposeTransition Word or PhraseExample Sentence
To AddagainAgain, he left orders not to be disturbed.
To AddandWe have seen the movie twice, and now we want to see it for a third time.
To Addand thenI love my job, and then it pays so well.
To AddbesidesBesides, I promised her we would come.
To Addequally importantCooking is very useful. Equally important, housecleaning is practical.
To AddfinallyI thought about the dilemma. Finally, I came back to talk about it.
To AddfurtherFurther, he should be here any minute.
To AddfurthermoreStudents should be on time. Furthermore, they must be prepared. 
To Addin additionYou must complete this essay by 5 p.m. In addition, you must do the exercises on page 47.
To AddlastlyHe put on his shoes. Lastly, he put on his jacket.
To AddmoreoverCheating is dishonest. Moreover, it hinders students from learning. 
To AddnorThey won't wait for you, nor for me, nor for anybody.
To AddtooShe is young, clever, and rich, too.
To Addwhat's moreThe decorations were absolutely beautiful and what's more, the children had made them themselves.
To ComparealthoughAlthough the book is difficult to read, it is very interesting. 
To Comparealthough this may be trueAlthough this may be true, there are some major disadvantages to this option.
To Comparebalanced againstBalanced against the rate of inflation, this increase must be considered.
To ComparebutBill earned an A on his essay, but Susan got a B. 
To Compareby comparisonBy comparison to our typical weather, today's weather is mild.
To Comparecompared toCompared to the storm we got yesterday, this rain is nothing.
To CompareconverselyThe scraper is rapidly moved across the rasp, or conversely the rasp across the scraper.
To ComparehoweverWe wanted to leave at 8:00. However, Mike arrived too late. 
To Comparein contrastIn contrast, courts of law apply the law to everyone.
To ComparemeanwhileJeff was working hard to clean the house. Meanwhile, his brother was watching television.
To CompareneverthelessI need to wear reading glasses. Nevertheless, I hate how I look in them. 
To Compareon the contraryThe test will not be easy; on the contrary, it will be extremely difficult.
To Compareon the other handShe hates housecleaning. On the other hand, she doesn't mind cooking. 
To ComparewhereasWhereas there are many good reasons to switch to Plan B, we must stick with Plan A.
To CompareyetHe knows that he should do his homework, yet he never does it. 
To EmphasizeabsolutelyAbsolutely, we will not give up.
To EmphasizealwaysAlways, he slowly woke up in the morning.
To EmphasizecertainlyCertainly, Barbara would try again.
To EmphasizedefinitelyDefinitely, we won the game.
To EmphasizeemphaticallyEmphatically, I made a fool of myself.
To EmphasizeeternallyEternally, the legend was true.
To EmphasizeforeverForever, I will be grateful to her.
To Emphasizein any caseIn any case, they should stop arguing.
To Emphasizein factThe bookstore sells cards. In fact, they have the best cards around. 
To EmphasizeindeedIndeed, it did rain as hard as predicted. 
To EmphasizenaturallyNaturally, the discussion was liveliest among the college students.
To EmphasizeneverNever had he wished more ardently that she was with him.
To EmphasizeobviouslyObviously, something is wrong.
To EmphasizepositivelyPositively, I will be finished on Monday.
To EmphasizesurprisinglySurprisingly, she did not care today.
To EmphasizeundeniablyUndeniably the technique is very effective, especially in masses of gorgeous color.
To EmphasizeunquestionablyUnquestionably, the popular thing in this world is novelty.
To Emphasizewithout a doubtWithout a doubt he has inspired many people on and off stage.
To Emphasizewithout reservationWithout reservation, I recommend her for this position.
To Give an Exampleas an illustrationAs an illustration, the supposed case is perfect.
To Give an Examplefor exampleI have been to many countries. For example, I have been to Russia, Canada, Mexico, and Spain. 
To Give an Examplefor instanceHe often eats strange foods. For instance, he once ate cow brains. 
To Give an Examplein another caseIn another case, a missing twelve year old boy turned out to be a runaway.
To Give an Examplein this caseIn this case the struggle between our higher and lower impulses will be less severe, and virtue will be triumphant.
To Give an Examplein this situationIn this situation, the end result was not her fault.
To Give an Exampleon this occasionOn this occasion, there is no celebrating.
To Give an Exampleto demonstrateTo demonstrate this fact she devised many proofs. 
To Give an Exampleto illustrateTo illustrate the importance of concentration, I will tell you a story.
To ProvebecauseYou left because you did not love me. 
To ProvebesidesBesides, that letter was not the original but was only a copy. 
To ProveevidentlyEvidently only what took place within his own mind interested him.
To Provefor the same reasonFor the same reason, we cannot make her a faultless heroine.
To ProvefurthermoreFurthermore, the paper contains a portrait and an accurate description which put the thing beyond doubt.
To Provein additionIn addition, he was foolish to believe that the garrison had not been warned.
To Provein any caseIn any case, this tale has no claim to be called a historical novel. 
To Provein factIn fact, one was still living in the home.
To ProveindeedIndeed, the bottle was beneath his arm.
To ProvemoreoverMoreover, he knew enough of his fellow-men to realize that a Puritan farmer would be suspicious of sympathy.
To ProvesinceSince Shakespeare's parents were without education, he was reared in a house which had no use for books.
To Repeatas has been notedAs has been noted, he found it impossible to think of her that way.
To Repeatas I have notedAs I have noted, I recommend that you follow her advice.
To Repeatas I have saidAs I have said more than once, I enjoy your company.
To Show ExceptiondespiteDespite Kate's skill at tennis, she lost the match.
To Show ExceptionhoweverThe wordy war would not have ended so quickly, however, had not restlessness and alarm taken possession of the crowd. 
To Show Exceptionin spite ofIn spite of himself, the old man was beginning to look graver.
To Show ExceptionneverthelessI have never, perhaps, been overburdened with intellect, but the time arrived nevertheless when I began to think for myself. 
To Show Exceptiononce in a whileOnce in a while, in the winter, they venture out to the theatre.
To Show ExceptionsometimesSometimes she stopped to rest on the pine needles.
To Show SequenceafterAfter adding the spices, taste the soup and add more spices if needed.
To Show SequenceafterwardAfterward I remembered who and where it had been.
To Show Sequenceand thenThe rain stopped and then started again.
To Show Sequenceat this pointAt this point they were distracted by a noise.
To Show Sequenceat this timeAt this time the button on the clock should be pressed.
To Show Sequencebefore thisBefore this can happen, you need to make plans.
To Show SequenceconcurrentlyConcurrently, there were three separate attacks.
To Show SequenceconsequentlyThe girl became interested in learning how to cook. Consequently, her dad began teaching her to make simple meals.
To Show SequencefinallyAfter three tries, he finally passed his driving test.
To Show Sequencefirst, second, third, and so forthFirst, take out three eggs. Second, crack the eggs into a bowl. Third, whisk the eggs.
To Show SequencenextNext, I need to ask you a few questions about your family.
To Show SequencenowNow go to your window.
To Show SequencesimultaneouslySimultaneously, and in connection with all this, the decision was made.
To Show SequencesoonSoon afterwards they went to their rooms.
To Show SequencesubsequentlySubsequently Mr. Brown became interested in political subjects.
To Show SequencethenWe ate. Then we started to walk home.
To Show SequencethereforePayment was received two weeks after it was due; therefore, you will be charged a late fee.
To Show SequencethusThus the summer wore on to early autumn.
To Show Timeafter a few hoursAfter a few hours, the baby fell asleep.
To Show Timeand thenWe thought he would never arrive, and then he walked in.
To Show TimefinallyFinally his money was all gone.
To Show Timefirst (second, etc.)The first day there is slush with rain; the second day, mud with hail; the third day a flood with sunshine.
To Show TimeformerlyFormerly they had often visited the spot.
To Show TimeimmediatelyImmediately a thousand voices burst forth to cheer him on.
To Show TimelaterLater they were wandering through the picture-gallery together.
To Show TimenextNext morning they began traveling again.
To Show TimepreviouslyPreviously, she was a international correspondent.
To Show TimesoonSoon the watchers were alone with the glowing day.
To Show TimethenPrices were lower then.
To Show TimethereafterThereafter they did not speak.
To Summarize or Concludeas a resultTim was late. As a result, we could not go to the concert. 
To Summarize or Concludeas I have saidAs I have said in our discussions, this method will save money.
To Summarize or Concludeas I have shownAs I have shown previously, this project should be finished.
To Summarize or ConcludeconsequentlyConsequently the training of pilots was at an end.
To Summarize or ConcludehenceHence, she deserves to win the scholarship. 
To Summarize or Concludein briefIn brief, the railroad found itself very advantageously placed.
To Summarize or Concludein conclusionIn conclusion, I would like to thank you for your attention.
To Summarize or Concludeon the wholeOn the whole, this was a very good day.
To Summarize or ConcludethereforeTherefore I encourage you to forget this problem and consider other matters. 
To Summarize or ConcludethusThe committee voted against the proposal. Thus, we must consider another idea. 
To Summarize or Concludeto concludeWe hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous. 
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