What are Transition Words?
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
for this reason
as a result
2. Transition words that conclude a statement
all things considered
in any case
with this in mind
without a doubt
for this reason
3. Transition words that give examples
in other words
as you can see
4. Transition words that contradict separate thoughts
on the other hand
5. Transition words that adds information
for the most part
6. Transition words that show time
first, second, third
all of a sudden
from this point
as long as