Transitional Words & Sentences

Using transitional words and phrases help papers read more smoothly by providing coherence. A coherent paper allows the reader to flow from the first supporting point to the last. Transitions indicate relations, whether from sentence to sentence, or from paragraph to paragraph. This is a list of "relationships" which supporting ideas may have, followed by a list of "transitional" words and phrases which can connect those ideas.


also, besides, furthermore, in addition, moreover, again


accordingly, as a result, consequently, hence, otherwise, so then, therefore, thus, thereupon


after all, all in all, all things considered, briefly, by and large, in any case, in any event, in brief, in conclusion, on the whole, in short in summary, in the final analysis, in the long run, on balance, on the whole, to sum up, to summarize, finally


as a rule, as usual, for the most part, generally, generally speaking, ­ordinarily, usually


in essence, in other words, namely, that is, that is to say, in short, in brief, to put it differently

Contrast and Comparison

contrast, by the same token, conversely, instead, likewise, on one hand, on the contrary, on the other hand, rather, similarly, yet, but, however, still, nevertheless, in contrast


at first, first of all, to begin with, in the first place, at the same time, for now, for the time being, the next step, in time, in turn, later on, meanwhile, next, then, soon, the meantime, later, while, earlier, simultaneously, afterward, in conclusion


by the way, incidentally


for example, for instance, for one thing


likewise, similar, moreover


here, there, over there, beyond, nearly, opposite, under, above, to the left, to the right, in the distance