By Judy Vorfeld
Transitional words and phrases
Have you ever wondered how to use connecting words or phrases properly? These transitional words and phrases are like bridges, and connecting parts of a sentence or connecting ideas. Take a look at some of them:
additionally, and, also, again, and then, besides, equally important, finally, further, furthermore, nor, too, next, lastly, moreover, in addition, first (second, etc.), what’s more.
anyway, yet, still, however, at any rate, while I admit that…, nevertheless, in spite of, even so, despite, of course, in any event, once in a while, sometimes
CONTRAST AND COMPARE
likewise, by the same token, but, whereas, converselybut, yet, on the other hand, on the contrary, nevertheless, on the other hand, similarly, by comparison, balanced against, vis a vis, however, meanwhile.
by the way, incidentally
clearly, definitely, extremely, obviously, without a doubt, in fact, indeed, in any case, absolutely, positively, naturally, surprisingly, always, forever, perennially, eternally, never, emphatically, unquestionably, certainly, undeniably, without reservation.
to illustrate, for example, for instance, in this case, in another case, in this situation, take the case of, to demonstrate,
for example, for instance, for one thing, because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case, that is
in essence, in brief, as I have said, in other words, as I have noted, as has been noted, that is, namely.
afterward, immediately, at this point, thereafter, soon, after a few hours, at first, finally, then, subsequently, later, previously, formerly, in conclusion, first, second, third, etc., next, then, meanwhile, concurrently, therefore, next.
after all, in brief, on the whole, summing up, to conclude, in conclusion, as I have shown, in any event, in the final analysis, accordingly,in short, thus, as a result, consequently, all things considered.
Writer’s Web Transitional Words and Phrases
With inspiration from The Gregg Reference Manual and Purdue University Online Writing Lab