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Transitional Words and Phrases

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Using transitional words and phrases helps papers read more smoothly.   They provide logical organization and understandability and improve the connections and transitions between thoughts A coherent paper allows the reader to flow from the first supporting point to the last. Transitions indicate relations, whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper. This list illustrates "relationships" between ideas, followed by words and phrases that can connect them.


also, again, as well as, besides, coupled with, furthermore, in addition, likewise, moreover, similarly


accordingly, as a result, consequently, for this reason, for this purpose,

hence, otherwise, so then, subsequently, therefore, thus, thereupon, wherefore


as a rule, as usual, for the most part,

generally, generally speaking, ordinarily, usually


chiefly, especially, for instance, in particular, markedly, namely,

particularly,  including, specifically, such as


for example, for instance, for one thing, as an illustration,

illustrated with, as an example, in this case


above all, chiefly, with attention to, especially, particularly, singularly


comparatively, coupled with, correspondingly, identically, likewise, similar, moreover, together with


aside from, barring, besides, except, excepting, excluding, exclusive of, other than, outside of, save


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 other hand, on the contrary, 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, with this in mind,


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, to sum up, to summarize, finally


by the way, incidentally


here, there, over there, beyond, nearly, opposite, under, above,

to the left, to the right, in the distance

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