Transition Words Adapted (MSU.edu)

Pioneer Middle School

Additive Transitions

  • Indeed,
  • further,
  • as well,
  • either,
  • not only,
  • but also,
  • as well,
  • also,
  • moreover,
  • what is more,
  • as a matter of fact,
  • in all honesty,
  • and,
  • furthermore,
  • in addition,
  • besides,
  • to tell the truth,
  • or,
  • in fact,
  • actually,
  • to say nothing of,
  • too,
  • let alone,
  • much less,
  • additionally,
  • nor,
  • alternatively,
  • on the other hand,
  • not to mention,

Introduction Words

Introduction-

  • such as,
  • as,
  • particularly,
  • including,
  • as a illustration,
  • for example,
  • like,
  • in particular,
  • for one thing,
  • to illustrate,
  • for instance,
  • especially,
  • notably,
  • by way of example.

Reference Transitions

  • speaking about,
  • considering,
  • regarding,
  • with regards to,
  • as for,
  • concerning,
  • the fact that,
  • on the subject of,

Similarity Transitions

  • similarly,
  • in the same way,
  • by the same token,
  • in a like manner,
  • equally,
  • likewise,

Identification Transitions

  • that is,
  • namely,
  • specifically,
  • thus,

Clarification Transitions

  • that is,
  • I mean,
  • put another way,
  • in other words,

Adversative Transitions

Conflict transitions

  • but,
  • by way of contrast,
  • while,
  • on the other hand,
  • however,
  • yet,
  • whereas,
  • through,
  • in contrast,
  • when in fact,
  • conversely,
  • still,

Emphasis Transitions

  • even more,
  • above all,
  • indeed,
  • more importantly,
  • besides,

Concession Transitions

  • but even so,
  • nevertheless,
  • even though,
  • on the other hand,
  • admittedly,
  • however,
  • nonetheless,
  • despite,
  • notwithstanding,
  • albeit,
  • still,
  • although,
  • in spite of,
  • regardless,
  • yet,
  • though,
  • granted,
  • be that as it may,

Dismissal Transitions

  • either way,
  • whichever happens,
  • in either event,
  • in any case,
  • at any rate,
  • in either case,
  • whatever happens,
  • at the same,
  • in any event,

Replacement Transitions

  • at least,
  • rather,
  • instead,

Cause/Reason Transitions

  • for the reason that,
  • being that,
  • for,
  • in view of,
  • inasmuch as,
  • because,
  • seeing that,
  • as,
  • owing to,
  • due to,
  • in that,
  • since,
  • forasmuch as,

Condition Transitions

  • if,
  • granted (that),
  • in (the) condition (that),
  • in the event that,
  • granting (that),
  • as/so long as,
  • providing that,
  • unless,
  • unless,
  • even if,
  • provided that,
  • given that,
  • only,
  • in case,

Effect/ Result

  • As a result (of this),
  • because (of this),
  • as a consequence,
  • consequently,
  • in consequence,
  • so much (so) that,
  • hence,
  • so that,
  • so,
  • For this reason,
  • Accordingly,
  • Therefore,
  • Thus,

Purpose

  • for the purpose of,
  • with this intention,
  • with this in mind,
  • in the hope that,
  • to the end that,
  • in order that,
  • for fear that,
  • in order to,
  • so as to,
  • so that,
  • lest,
  • so,

Consequence

  • under those circumstances,
  • that being the case,
  • then,
  • if so,
  • in that case,
  • otherwise,
  • if not,

Sequential Transitions

Numerical:

  • in the (first, second, etc.) place,
  • to begin with,
  • initially,
  • at first,
  • to start with,
  • for a start,
  • first of all,
  • secondly,
  • thirdly,

Continuation:

  • Subsequently,
  • Before (this),
  • Previously,
  • Afterwards,
  • Eventually,
  • After (this),
  • Next,
  • Then,

Conclusion:

  • to conclude (with),
  • as a final point,
  • in the end,
  • eventually,
  • finally,
  • at last,
  • lastly,

Digression

  • to change the topic,
  • incidentally,
  • by the way,

Resumption:

  • to get back to the point,
  • to return to the subject,
  • to resume,
  • anyhow,
  • anyway,
  • at any rate,

Summation:

  • as was previously state,
  • as has been mentioned,
  • given these points,
  • as has been noted,
  • to put it briefly,
  • so,
  • thus,
  • then,
  • in all,
  • hence,
  • in sum,
  • consequently,
  • as I have said,
  • to summarize,
  • on the whole,
  • in conclusion,
  • altogether,
  • in summary,
  • to sum up,
  • to be brief,
  • therefore,
  • in a word,
  • in short,
  • all in all,
  • overall,
  • briefly,