Transitions: Don’t Forget The Glue


Transitional words & phrases:

  • establish logical connections within paragraphs, and between sections and paragraphs of your paper.
  • tell the reader what to do with the ideas, thoughts, and information you have written.
  • provide the reader with an understanding of your organization and the relationships between your ideas.

Some examples:

Similarity – also, in the same way, likewise, similarly, correspondingly

Contrast – However, nevertheless, in contrast, on the other hand, conversely

Order - first, next, then, finally, simultaneously

Time - after, currently, meanwhile, subsequently, during

Example – for example, for instance, to demonstrate, to illustrate, specifically

Restatement – in essence, in other words, that is to say, in brief, to put it differently

Emphasis – obviously, without a doubt, unquestionably, indeed, in fact

Consequence – accordingly, consequently, hence, therefore, thus

Addition – additionally, moreover, besides, equally important, in addition

Conclusion – in conclusion, in the end, on the whole, to conclude, in summary


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