What are transitions and how are they used?

  • transitions are phrases or words used to connect one idea to the next
  • transitions are used by the author to help the reader progress from one significant idea to the next
  • transitions also show the relationship within a paragraph (or within a sentence) between the main idea and the support the author gives for those ideas
  • different transitions do different things...

Transitions may be "Additive," "Adversative," "Causal," or "Sequential."


indeed,further,as well (as this),either (neither),not only (this) but also (that) as well,

also,moreover,what is more,as a matter of fact,in all honesty,

and,furthermore,in addition (to this),besides (this),to tell the truth,

or,in fact,actually,to say nothing of,

too,let alone,much lessadditionally,

nor,alternatively,on the other hand,not to mention (this),



but, by way of contrast, while, on the other hand,

however, (and) yet, whereas,though (final position),

in contrast, when in fact, conversely, still

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

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but even so, nevertheless, even though, on the other hand, admittedly,

however, nonetheless, despite (this), notwithstanding (this), albeit

(and) still, although, in spite of (this), regardless (of this),

(and) yet, though, granted (this), be that as it may,

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Causal Transitions:
These transitions signal cause/effect and reason/result, etc. . .


for the (simple) reason that, being that, for, in view of (the fact),inasmuch as,

because (of the fact), seeing that, as, owing to (the fact),

due to (the fact that), in that since, forasmuch as,

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on (the) condition (that), granted (that), if, provided that, in case,

in the event that, as/so long as, unless given that,

granting (that), providing that, even if, only if,

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as a result (of this), consequently, hence, for this reason, thus,

because (of this), in consequence, so that, accordingly

as a consequence, so much (so) that, so, therefore,

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for the purpose of, in the hope that, for fear that, so that,

with this intention, to the end that, in order to, lest

with this in mind, in order that, so as to, so,

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under those circumstances, then, in that case, if not,

that being the case, if so, otherwise