Transitional Words & Phrases
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.
also, besides, furthermore, in addition, moreover, again
accordingly, as a result, consequently, hence, otherwise, so then, therefore, thus, thereupon
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
as a rule, as usual, for the most part, generally, generally speaking, ordinarily, usually
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
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
by the way, incidentally
for example, for instance, for one thing
likewise, similar, moreover
here, there, over there, beyond, nearly, opposite, under, above, to the left, to the right, in the distance
For more information, please see:
The Gregg Reference Manual
The Brief English Handbook
The Least You Should Know About English
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