Student Learning Commons: Making Connections: Choosing Transition Words

 

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This handout lists commonly used transition words and phrases. The transitions are categorized by their functions and parts of speech to help you make the most appropriate choice.

  Subordinators Conjunctions Transitions Prepositions
Addition  
  • And
  • Also
  • Furthermore
  • In addition
  • Moreover
  • Besides that
  • Not only that
  • On top of that
  • Along with
  • In addition to
  • As well as
Cause & Effect
  • Because
  • Since
  • As
  • So
  • For
  • Therefore
  • Consequently
  • As a result
  • For this reason
  • Hence/Thus
  • Accordingly
  • Because of
  • Due to  
Example    
  • For example
  • For instance
  • As an illustration
  • Such as
  • Like
Opposition
  • Although
  • Even though
  • Though
  • While
  • But
  • Yet
  • Nor    
  • However
  • In contrast
  • Nevertheless
  • On the other hand
  • Conversely
  • Despite
  • In spite of  
Condition
  • If/Provided/Since
  • Unless
  • Or (else)
  • Otherwise
  • In case of
Time
  • After/Before
  • Since/Until
  • When/While
  • As/Whenever/Yet
  • As
  • Firstly/Secondly
  • Thirdly/Next
  • Then
  • Later
  • Finally
  • At/After/Before
  • During
  • Since
  • Till
  • Until
Similarity    
  • In like manner
  • In the same way
  • Likewise/Similarly
  • By the same token
 
Physical Relationship    
  • Right/Left
  • Up/Down
  • Above/Below/Behind
  • Beside/Against
  • On top of/Under
  • Next to/At the
Emphasis    
  • In fact
  • In other words
  • As a matter of fact
 

Handout created by Daniel Chang, SLC Graduate Writing Facilitator, 2014.