As a “part of speech” transition words are used to link words, phrases or sentences. They help the reader to progress from one idea (expressed by the author) to the next idea. Thus, they help to build up coherent relationships within the text. In this lesson, you will learn a list of useful transition words and phrases in English.
Transition Words and Phrases
Transition Words of Addition
- As well as
He plays classical music, as well as pop and jazz.
There is no paradise on earth equal to the union of love and innocence
‘Nice to talk to you.’–‘Nice to talk to you too.’.
He is lazy, and furthermore, he has no sense of responsibility.
The rehearsal process also irked him increasingly.
- In addition to
The film star has an incredible car in addition to a large house.
- Not only – but also
We do not only meet to share each other’s burdens but also to partake in each other’s joys.
Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak.
Transition Words of Illustration
- Such as
America wants to eliminate tariffs on items such as electronics.
- In this case
In this case, several solutions could be tried.
- For one thing
For one thing, intelligence does have some impact on foreign policy, for example, towards rogue states.
- For instance
Murder, petty theft and tax evasion, for instance, all have different motives and consequences.
- For example
There is a similar word in many languages, for example in French and Italian.
- In the case of
In the case of the car industry, in the case of Ford, it’s even higher.
- Illustrated by
The difference is best illustrated by a case example.
- As an example
It is given only as an example which is easy to state.
Transition Words of Cause and Effect
He has broken his leg and therefore he can’t walk.
Places are strictly limited, so you should apply as soon as possible.
Because friendships enhance our lives, it is important to cultivate them.
He didn’t work hard. Thus he was fired.
Cocaine production requires large amounts of water, hence factories are nearly always built by streams.
- Due to
The country economic problems are largely due to the weakness of the recovery.
- As a result
As a result, he went bankrupt soon.
My car broke down and consequently I was late.
Transition Words of Comparison
- As …as
He is as tall as his brother.
- As if
Since his cancer was diagnosed, he feels as if he’s living on borrowed time.
False humility and its obverse, arrogance, are equally unpleasant.
Similarly, Fire Support Company had to set up their display of mortars, anti-tank missiles and Scimitar tracked recce vehicles.
Benefits please like flowers, while they are fresh
- In the same way
We like them in the same way that we like pretty curtain material.
Its brain is closely comparable to the brain of a chimpanzee.
- In like manner
And in like manner buyers will fence, and pretend to be less eager than they really are.
Transition Words of Contrast
Weak men wait for opportunity, but the strong men make it.
The ant is the most industrious animal; however, it is the most taciturn one.
- On the other hand
I want to go to the party, on the other hand, I ought to be studying.
Shut the window, otherwise, it’ll get too cold in here.
Dan’s actually quite nice, unlike his father.
In real life, nobody was all bad, nor, conversely, all good.
- At the same time
I was afraid of her, but at the same time, I really liked her.
- In spite of
In spite of my efforts, the boy remained passive.
Transition Words of Emphasis
Divorce is very painful, especially when children are concerned.
The study also demonstrated a direct link between obesity and mortality.
- In particular
The military, in particular, were subjected to intense political indoctrination.
He is old and unpopular. Furthermore, he has at best only two years of political life ahead of him.
- In addition
The company provides cheap Internet access. In addition, it makes shareware freely available.
This was indeed the most memorable day of my life.
- Of course
In any of these discussions, of course, honesty is of the essence.
There certainly wasn’t any malice in her comments.
Transition Words of Order
- First/ firstly
Firstly, they must make certain that their pension needs are adequately catered for.
- Second/ secondly
Firstly, it’s expensive, and secondly, it’s too slow.
- Third/ thirdly
Thirdly, they tend to see human behaviour as shaped by the system.
I kept at it and finally finished at 3 o’clock in the morning
- At that time
At that time, it was completely unheard-of for girls to go to university.
A number of trades, previously thought of as lowly ones, began to receive more attention.
He snatched the photos out of my hand before I had a chance to look at them.
Transition Words of Summary
- In conclusion
In conclusion, walking is a cheap, safe, enjoyable and readily available form of exercise.
- To summarise
To summarise, this is a clever approach to a common problem.
Altogether, our achievements are very great.
- In short
Try tennis, badminton or windsurfing. In short, anything challenging.
- To sum up
Well, to sum up, what is the message that you are trying to get across?
- In summary
In summary, all government departments are administered rather differently.
Briefly, the hunter and his quarry glared at each other.
- To conclude
To conclude, I’d like to express my thanks to my family.
Transition Words of Time & Sequence
Later, it transpired she had failed the examination.
It is not enough to help the feeble up but to support him after.
Before you give up, think of the reason why you held on so long.
If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky11 ground.
Always taking out the meal-tub, and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom.
Finally, he returned to the official line from which he had swerved.
- First, second…
First, catch your hare then cook him.
Transition Words of Direction & Place
- Over there
- To the left
- In the distance
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