Transition Words: How to Link Sentences Together

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Transition words connect thoughts together through examples, conclusion, sequence, addition as well as cause and effect

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017

What are Transition Words?

Transition words connect

Transition words are like glue that connect two separate ideas together. For example, here are two sentences without a transition word.

We were supposed to play baseball. It rained all day.

These two sentences make more sense when you add a transition word. In particular, we can create a relationship between them by connecting with the transition word ‘but’.

We were supposed to play baseball but it rained all day.

Now that we have formed the link between playing baseball and the weather, the sentence makes sense.

Overall, transition words help your readers progress from one thought to another helping them connect one thought from another.

Transition Word Examples

You can use different types of transition words and link sentences together. Each type of transition word conveys different relationships between the two ideas.

We didn’t play baseball because it rained all day.

In our previous example, the transition word ‘but’ is a ‘conflict’ type of transition word. We can change the above sentence using a ’cause and effect’ type of transition word:

In both cases, transition words glue the two separate sentences together.

1. Transition words that give cause and effect

because
so
therefore
for this reason
due to
as a result
since
unless
if
given that
consequently
hence

2. Transition words that conclude a statement

overall
all things considered
in summary
ultimately
in conclusion
after all
in fact
in any case
with this in mind
indeed
therefore
accordingly
in short
without a doubt
in essence
for this reason

3. Transition words that give examples

for example
in other words
to clarify
in particular
notably
for instance
to illustrate
as you can see
specifically
as proof

4. Transition words that contradict separate thoughts

however
despite
but
while
either way
even though
although
yet
on the other hand
albeit
regardless
whereas
otherwise
in contrast
nevertheless

5. Transition words that adds information

similarly
likewise
in addition
in fact
moreover
additionally​
also
besides
admittedly
in general
typically
certainly
no doubt
for the most part
furthermore
certainly

6. Transition words that show time

finally
furthermore
eventually
first, second, third
all of a sudden
lastly
before
meanwhile
from this point
gradually
then
as long as
until now
afterward

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