Transitional words are used in the middle of sentences or between two sentences. They make writing smoother and
easier to read because they connect two ideas together. Transitional words can be used in a variety of ways. The list
below shows the different ways to use them.
Add to an idea with these:
- Moreover, in addition, additionally, as well, also, afterward, again, furthermore
To introduce a different idea, use these:
- However, yet, nevertheless, on the other hand, in contrast, contrastingly, in spite of, alternatively, although, conversely, despite
These transitional words show the effect of an idea or introduce a concluding idea.
- Therefore, for this, as a result, accordingly, consequently, for that reason, thus
Use the words below to show changes in time.
- Then, next, after, afterwards, after that, at that point, meanwhile
To compare two ideas, use these:
- Similarly, correspondingly, likewise
You can introduce examples with these:
- For example, for instance
Start your conclusion with these transitions:
- In conclusion, to summarize, finally, in summary, therefore, to conclude
Use these for a list of ideas.
- First, second, third, then, next, finally
Those are the most popular transitional words in English. Now that you know them, start using them in your writing. Do you think you’re ready for some exercises?
Transitional Words Tests