A Comprehensive List of Transitional Words and Phrases Used in Writing

List of transitional words
Writing is a medium through which one's ideas, thoughts, and feelings are expressed. However, those ideas need to be logically linked. Transitions help a writer with this. Buzzle gives you a list of transitional words and phrases used in writing.
The word transition means, to make a change or a change from one state, place, or condition to another. Transition is the shift from one idea to another, and transitional words and phrases are used to make the transition.
When two or more ideas, thoughts, or points are written in separate sentences, it becomes necessary to tell the readers how they are connected. Plain sentences without the use of transitions look disconnected. Look at these sentences. "It was raining yesterday. She decided to go out with an umbrella. The rain stopped the minute she stepped out of the house." The example narrates an incident, where the sentences are related to one another. Unless transitional words are used to connect them, the relation between them is not evident.

In writing long pieces of content, it becomes all the more important to establish the connection between sentences so that the writing gets a flow. If the connections are not established, there are chances of the readers feeling lost or bored while reading the text. Transitional words, or just transitions, as they are also called, help a writer establish these relations. Take the example of the same three sentences. "It was raining yesterday. Therefore, she decided to go out with an umbrella. However, the rain stopped the minute she stepped out of the house." In these sentences, transitions like "therefore" and "however" have been used. They establish a cause-and-effect relation among the sentences.

Transitions are usually used in the beginning of a sentence. They establish the relation between that sentence and the one preceding it. Transitions can occur in one sentence as well, joining the different points in it. Here are some examples of transitional words and phrases that can be used in writing.
A List of Transitional Words and Phrases
To Show Similarity
Also
In the same way
Just as ... so to
Likewise
Similarly
As... as
Like
In like manner
As if
By comparison
In comparison
For Addition
Additionally
Again
Also
And
As well
Besides
Equally important
Further
Furthermore
In addition
Moreover
Then
And then
Besides
Finally
Nor
Too
Next
Lastly
What's more
Once again
Over and above
First (second, etc.)
For one thing
Last
Likewise
More
Or
Next
Similarly
To Show Exception/Contrast
Unlike
However
In spite of
On one hand
Nevertheless
Nonetheless
Notwithstanding
In contrast
On the contrary
Rather than
Yet
In spite of
Despite
Of course
Once in a while
Sometimes
Whereas
But
Yet
On the other hand
By comparison
Compared to
Up against
Balanced against
Vis-a-vis
Although
Conversely
Meanwhile
After all
Although this may be true
Even so
Differently
In the same way
Alternatively
Still
Despite
To Show Sequence/Order
First, second, third, ...
Next
Then
Finally
Following this
At this time
Now
At this point
After
Afterward
Subsequently
Consequently
Previously
Before this
Simultaneously
Concurrently
Thus
Therefore
Hence
And then
Soon
To Show Time
After
Afterward
At last
Before
Currently
During
Earlier
Later
Meanwhile
Now
Recently
Simultaneously
Subsequently
Then
Immediately
Thereafter
Following
After a few hours
Finally
Later
Previously
Formerly
First (second, etc.)
And then
Always
As soon as
At once
Briefly
Eventually
Ultimately
After so much time
In the meantime
In the past
In the future
Last
Next
Never
Still
Often
Once
Promptly
Sometimes
While
From then on
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For Emphasis
Even
Indeed
In fact
Of course
Truly
Definitely
Extremely
Obviously
In any case
Absolutely
Positively
Naturally
Surprisingly
Always
Perennially
Eternally
Emphatically
Unquestionably
Without a doubt
Certainly
Undeniably
Without reservation
Above all
Especially
Surely
Most important
To Show Place/Position
Above
Adjacent
Below
Beyond
In back of
Nearby
There
Higher up
Among
Around
At this point
Behind
Beside
Down
Forward
From
Here
In front of
Inside
Nearby
Next to
On the other side
Opposite
Over
Through
To Show Cause and Effect
Accordingly
Consequently
Hence
So
Therefore
Thus
For Conclusion/ Summary
Finally
In a word
In brief
Briefly
In conclusion
In the end
In the final analysis
On the whole
Thus
To conclude
To summarize
To sum up
In summary
As aforementioned
Summing up
As I have shown
As I have said
Hence
Therefore
Accordingly
As a result
Consequently
As has been noted
In other words
In short
To Give an Example
For example
For instance
In this case
In another case
On this occasion
In this situation
Take the case of
To demonstrate
To illustrate
As an illustration
In other words
In particular
Namely
Specifically
Such as
That is
Thus
To exemplify
To Repeat
In brief
As I have said
As I have noted
As has been noted
In fact
Once again
In other words
To put it in another way
To repeat
For Result
Accordingly
As a result
Consequently
For that reason
Hence
Then
Therefore
Thus
As you saw in the lists above, transitional words or phrases are used to begin or conclude a paragraph, to compare two things, to repeat or emphasize something, to show the place or time, to show the result of something, or to denote a cause-and-effect relationship. The words to be used differ with the purpose they are used for.
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