Transition Phrases And Words

The Function And Importance Of Transitions

Your goal in writing an article is to convey information clearly, without converting the reader to your point of view. Transitions help you connect ideas within paragraphs and sections. Use transitions to guide readers through the content you present to them; in addition, transitions help readers understand what they’re supposed to do next.

Transitions can be single words, short phrases, or complete sentences, but their function is to help your readers to think about, organize, and react to ideas as they read your content.

Transitions help readers understand how to put together their ideas into logical thoughts. Transitions are not just to look good and decorate your writing; on the contrary, transitions have specific meaning for your reader to know how to react to your ideas. 

How Transitions Work

When someone reads your work, their minds may be in many different places. Transitions help the reader focus on your ideas and pull them all together for a clearer picture. We can use these words to help us write a more concise sentence.

Common Transition Words

Use transitions to help you establish some of the most commonly used types of relationships between your words and phrases. And transitions words and phrases serve different purposes. I will list phrases and words under each category with the purpose. 

Addition / Similarity/Agreement

in like mannerby the same tokenthen
not only … but alsofirst, second, thirdagain
in additionof courseand
coupled withfurthermoreidentically
equally importantcomparativelylike
as a matter of factcorrespondinglyuniquely
in the first placeas well aas
in the same fashion / waytogether withtoo
in the light ofmoreoveralso
to say nothing ofsimilarlyequally
not to mentionadditionallylikewise

Limitation / Contradiction/Opposition

on the other handdifferent fromunlike
although this may be trueratherbut
in contrasthoweveror
on the contraryalthoughalbeit
of course …, butotherwisenotwithstanding
in realityneverthelessinstead
after all(and) stillwhile
be that as it maydespitebesides
in spite of(and) stillas much as
at the same timewhereasregardless
even so / though(and) yetconversely
then againeven thoughnonetheless
above all

Cause / Purpose/ Condition

with this intentionin as much asin case
in the event thatin order to… then
in view ofonly / even ifwhenever
in the hope thatso thatwhile
granted (that)owing tosince
for the purpose ofgiven thatas
being / seeing thatso as tolest
to the end thatbecause ofif
as / so long asprovided thatwhen
on (the) condition (that)for fear thatwhile
with this in minddue tounless

Support/ Examples / Emphasis

to put it differentlywith this in mindnotably
with attention toimportant to realizeincluding
that is to sayanother key pointnamely
in other wordslikechiefly
as an illustrationparticularlyin particular
for one thingsignificantlyin fact
to put it another wayfrequentlyto emphasize
in this casesurprisinglyfor example
for this reasonexpresslyto clarify
by all meansspecificallyto enumerate
first thing to rememberexplicitlyto explain
point often overlookedespeciallyto demonstrate
must be rememberedmarkedlyto repeat
to point outsuch asfor instance
on the negative sidesurelyin detail
on the positive sideto be surecertainly
most compelling evidencetrulyindeed

Effect / Result/ Consequence 

under those circumstancesthereforebecause the
as a resultthereuponfor
in that casehenceforththus
for this reasonforthwiththen
in effectaccordinglyhence

Summary / Restatement/ Conclusion

after allgenerally speakingin short
in a wordin the final analysisall in all
in either caseas has been notedin brief
to sum upfor the most partin fact
on the wholeas shown aboveDefinitely
in any eventas can be seenObviously
to summarizeon balancealtogether
by and largein conclusionordinarily
given these pointsin essenceUltimately
in the long runin summaryusually
all things consideredon balanceoverall

Chronology / Time/ Sequence

at the present timehenceforthafter
from time to timewheneverbefore
without delayeventuallythen
in the first placemeanwhilesince
in the meantimefurthertill
all of a suddenforthwithwhen
up to the present timestraightawayhence
to begin withuntil nownext
in a momentby the timeabout
at this instantnow thatonce
at the same timeoccasionallylast
first, secondpresentlylater
as long aswheneveruntil
sooner or laterprior tonow
in due timeinstantformerly
as soon asin timesuddenly

Final Thoughts

Transition words have particular rules for punctuation: after the first sentence, it is best to use a semicolon or a period. Using transition words between sentences usually calls for a comma between sentences.

Examples: My eyelashes are thick; however, they may thin a bit as I age.

Example: However (a transition word at the beginning of a sentence), Thyroid disease can also cause thinning of the eyebrows.

Another rule to follow is that if two sentences are complete, which means they each complete a thought, you can use a semicolon to connect the two.

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