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Transitional Words & Sentences
Uzma Hussain
Rutgers University
Adapted from Study Guide, St. Thomas University

 
Using transitional words and phrases help papers read more smoothly by providing coherence.

A coherent paper allows the reader to flow from the first supporting point to the last.

Transitions indicate relations, whether from sentence to sentence, or from paragraph to paragraph. This is a list of "relationships" which supporting ideas may have, followed by a list of "transitional" words and phrases which can connect those ideas.

 
Addition also, besides, furthermore, in addition, moreover, again
Consequence accordingly, as a result, consequently, hence, otherwise, so then, therefore, thus,
thereupon
Summarizing 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, on the whole, to sum up, to summarize, finally
Generalizing as a rule, as usual, for the most part, generally, generally speaking, ordinarily,
usually
Restatement 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 contrary, on the other hand, rather, similarly, yet, but, however, still, nevertheless, in contrast
Sequence 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
Diversion by the way, incidentally
Illustration for example, for instance, for one thing
Similarity likewise, similar, moreover
Direction here, there, over there, beyond, nearly, opposite, under, above, to the left, to the right, in the distance
 

 

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