Transition words

Transition words describe the logical relationship between your ideas, helping readers follow your train of thought. To test your knowledge of these handy expressions, read the following paragraphs and choose the function of each transition word or phrase in square brackets.

This quiz is based on three paragraphs:
Paragraph 1 (Learning about travel insurance): Questions 1 to 4
Paragraph 2 (Planning a long trip): Questions 5 to 7
Paragraph 3 (What to do before you go): Questions 8 to 12

1. When travelling, you shouldn't depend on your provincial health insurance plan to cover your medical costs. [In fact], provincial plans don't always cover medical expenses outside Canada.
2. [For example], a medical airlift can cost over $50,000.
3. [But] your health insurance will cover only a portion of the cost and won't give you any of those funds ahead of time.
4. [Even if] you are spending only one day in the United States, buy the best travel insurance you can afford.
5. If you're planning a long trip, you'll face an increased number of health risks [because] you'll have a greater risk of exposure to disease.
6. [As a result], you may have to take preventive medication for an extended period (against malaria, for example).
7. [In addition], you'll need to learn how to prepare your food to prevent stomach problems.
8. [To begin with], all your family members should have a medical checkup before leaving. The checkup might include appointments with your family doctor, eye doctor and dentist.
9. [Then] you'll know that everyone is in good health before you start off.
10. [Next], you'll need adequate medical insurance that covers both health care and dental care for the duration of your trip abroad.
11. You may [also] decide to upgrade your life insurance or disability insurance.
12. [If] you know your return date, let your provider know.