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Transition words connect ideas

Words showing addition of one point to another

additionally, afterward(s), again, along with, also, and, another, as previously stated, as stated earlier, as well, at last, at length, at the same time, besides, embracing, encompassing, equally important, eventually, extending, finally, first, for example, for instance, furthermore, in addition, in closing, including, in conclusion, in fact, initially, lastly, later, likewise, meanwhile, moreover, next, other, overall, presently, second, similarly, since, soon, subsequently, supplementing, then, therefore, thus, to begin with, too, while

Words showing cause and effect

accordingly, and so, as a result, because, consequently, due to this, for, hence, if…then, in view of, owing to, seeing that, since, so, thanks to, then, therefore, thus, under the circumstances

Words acknowledging another point or argument

admittedly, albeit, although, and yet, apart from, aside from, at any rate, at least, but even so, despite (this), even though, except for, granted that, however, in any case, in spite of, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, of course, other than, regardless, still, though, while it may be true, yet

Words introducing a conclusion or summary

accordingly, all in all, as a final point, as a result, as noted, because, briefly, consequently, eventually, finally, first, given these points, immediately, in brief, in conclusion, in short, in summary, in the end, last, lastly, later, meanwhile, next, on the whole, presently, previously, since, soon, subsequently, then, therefore, thus, to put it briefly, to summarize, to sum up, while

Words introducing a condition to what was said before

as long as, even if, even though, given that, granted that, granting that, if, in case, in the event that, only if, on the condition that, provided that, providing that, so long as, unless

Words showing a result

accordingly, as a consequence, as a result, because, consequently, due to, for this reason, hence, if not, in other words, in that case, otherwise, owing to, since, so, so that, that being the case, that is, that is to say, then, therefore, through, thus, under the circumstances, with the result that

Words showing a difference between ideas

although, but, contrarily, conversely, despite (this), even though, however, in contrast, in spite of, instead, moreover, nevertheless, notwithstanding, on the contrary, on the other hand, or, otherwise, rather, still, unlike, whereas, while this may be true, yet

Words expressing emphasis

above all, again, also, besides, certainly, chiefly, equally important, even more, for this reason, furthermore, in addition, indeed, in fact, in truth, more important, of course, really, surely, to repeat, truly

Words introducing examples or details

as a case in point, as an illustration, by way of example, by way of illustration, for example, for instance, in other words, in particular, namely, specifically, such as, that is, that is to say, thus, to illustrate

Words introducing a personal opinion

as far as I am concerned, as for me, as I see it, from my point of view, from where I stand, I believe, I consider, I feel, in my opinion, in my view, I question whether, I think, it is my belief, it seems to me that, let me say personally, that/this is my viewpoint

Words introducing a sequence

after, afterward(s), at first, at last, at length, at the same time, before, earlier, eventually, finally, following, initially, later, meanwhile, next, now, once, originally, presently, shortly, soon, subsequent, then, while

Words showing similarity between ideas

again, also, and, as, as a matter of fact, as well, besides, for example, for instance, furthermore, in addition, indeed, in other words, in particular, in the same way, like, likewise, namely, particularly, similarly, specifically, that is, that is to say, while

Words showing relations in time

about, after, afterward(s), another, as soon as, at, at last, at length, at the same time, before, concurrently, during, eventually, finally, first, formerly, generally, immediately, in the interim, in the meantime, last, later, meanwhile, never, next, next week, now, once, ordinarily, presently, previously, rarely, second, shortly, simultaneously, soon, subsequently, then, third, to begin with, today, tomorrow, until, usually, when suddenly, while, yesterday