Transition Words


For continuing a common line of reasoning:

consequently
clearly, then
furthermore
additionally
and
in addition
moreover
because
besides that
in the same way
following this further
also
pursuing this further
in the light of the… it is easy to see that

 

To change the line of reasoning (contrast):

however
on the other hand
but
yet
nevertheless
on the contrary

 

For opening a paragraph initially or for general use:

admittedly
assuredly
certainly
granted
no doubt
nobody denies
obviously
of course
to be sure
true
undoubtedly
unquestionably
generally speaking
in general
at this level
in this situation

 

For the final points of a paragraph or essay:

finally
lastly

 

Transitional chains, to use in separating sections of a paragraph which is arranged chronologically:

first… second… third…
generally… furthermore… finally
in the first place… also… lastly
in the first place… pursuing this further… finally
to be sure… additionally… lastly
in the first place… just in the same way… finally
basically… similarly… as well

 

To signal conclusion:

therefore
this
hence
in final analysis
in conclusion
in final consideration
indeed

 

To restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a more exacting way:

in other words
point in fact
specifically

 

Sequence or time

after
afterwards
as soon as
at first
at last
before
before long
finally
first… second… third
in the first place
in the meantime
later
meanwhile
next
soon
then

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