Examples of Transition Words

example of transitional words

You will find examples of transition words and phrases from various sources in the internet. Used correctly, transition words and phrases can provide the powerful links binds together the different ideas in an essay into a coherent composition which enable readers to understand better and appreciate more the logic of the writer. They give a composition that smooth flow which enables the readers to immediately develop an insight into the author’s logic with hardly an effort.

However, different transition words carry different meanings, have varying nuances, and create diverse connotations; so much so that one needs to have a clear grasp of their meanings and knowledge of their usage before they can effectively use them in their write ups.

Transition words and phrases can be divided into 4 major categories each of which have sub-categories to clearly show their distinct usage and meanings. A chart of this categorized listing and examples transition words usage is shown below.

Major Category

Sub-category

Sample Transition Words/Phrases for each Category

Additive 
Transitions

Addition

 indeed,  further,  also, and,  nor, alternatively, in fact, furthermore, too, further, as well (as this), actually, either (neither), additionally, besides (this)

Introduction

 such as, including, for one thing, to illustrate, by way of example,  notably,  in particular, especially,  for instance, such as, like

Identification

namely, specifically,  that is (to say), thus,

Reference

 the fact that, concerning (this), considering (this),  as for (this), with regards to, speaking about (this), regarding (this), on the subject of (this)

Similarity

similarly, likewise, in a like manner,  equally, by the same token,

Clarification

in other words,  that is (to say), (to) put (it) another way,  I mean,

Adversative Transitions

Conflict

on the other hand, though, when in fact, however, yet, while, whereas, in contrast,  but,  still, conversely,

Replacement

rather, at least,  instead

Concession

 admittedly,  albeit, despite (this), nevertheless,  be that as it may,  in spite of (this), regardless (of this), even though,  nonetheless

Emphasis

above all, indeed, besides, even more, more importantly

Dismissal

in any case, either way, in either case,  at any rate, whatever happens,  all the same,

Causal Transitions

Purpose

in order that, with this in mind, in order to, so that,  for the purpose of,  so as to,  lest, so,

Cause/Reason

In as much as, due to (the fact that), owing to (the fact),  since, because (of the fact), as, for

Effect/Result

as a consequence, accordingly,  so much (so) that,  therefore, thus, consequently,  as a result (of this)

Consequence

in that case,  if so,  that being the case, if not, otherwise, under those circumstances, then

Condition

 in case, as/so long as,  in the event that, even if, only if, provided that, unless,  if, granted (that), on (the) condition (that)

Sequential Transitions

Conclusion

eventually, as a final point,  finally, lastly,  to conclude (with),  in the end,

Summation

as was previously stated, consequently, altogether,  to put it briefly, therefore, in summary, all in all, therefore,  in short, in conclusion,  hence, on the whole,

Digression

 incidentally, by the way,  to change the topic

Numerical

initially, to start with, to begin with,  first of all, secondly, at first, thirdly, in the (first, second, etc.) place,

Continuation

 eventually, next, afterwards,  before (this),  subsequently, after (this)

Resumption

 to get back to the point, at any rate,  anyway, to resume, anyhow,  to return to the subject