TRANSITION WORDS

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 even 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." Additive Transitions: These show addition, introduction, similarity to other ideas, etc. . . Addition: 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, and, furthermore, in addition (to this), besides (this), to tell you the truth, Introduction: such as, as, particularly, including, as an illustration, for example, like, in particular, for one thing, to illustrate for instance, especially, notably, by way of example, or, in fact, actually, to say nothing of, too, let alone, much less additionally, nor, alternatively, on the other hand, not to mention (this),

Reference: speaking about (this), as for (this),

considering (this), concerning (this),

regarding (this), on the subject of (this),

with regards to (this), the fact that

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

Identification: that is (to say), namely,

specifically,

thus,

Clarification: that is (to say), I mean, (to) put (it) another way in other words,

as/so long as. because (of this). Replacement: (or) at least. all the same. instead Causal [NOT "Casual"] Transitions: These transitions signal cause/effect and reason/result. accordingly as a consequence. when in fact. thus. nonetheless. though. providing that. in any event. Effect/Result: as a result (of this). only if. in consequence. nevertheless. more importantly. by way of contrast. dismissal. though (final position). granted (that). besides whereas. regardless (of this). Conflict: but. be that as it may. owing to (the fact). unless given that. notwithstanding (this). while. in contrast. granting (that). even though. . despite (this). however. still Concession: but even so. even if. (or) rather. Condition: on (the) condition (that). (and) yet. on the other hand. in either event. contradiction concession. whatever happens. if. admittedly. . . at any rate. (and) still. (and) yet. Cause/Reason: for the (simple) reason that. although. forasmuch as. in view of (the fact). for this reason. . so much (so) that. albeit Dismissal: either way. in either case. etc. hence. etc. in case. conversely. granted (this). on the other hand. provided that. due to (the fact that). however. because (of the fact). in the event that. consequently. in spite of (this). in that since. indeed.Adversative Transitions: These transitions are used to signal conflict. so that. Emphasis: even more. being that. whichever happens. seeing that. inasmuch as. in any case. above all. . for. as.

then. Digression: to change the topic Resumption: to get back to the point. lest with this in mind. Purpose: for the purpose of. for fear that. in order to. by the way. (&c. if so. Conclusion: to conclude (with) as a final point. to sum up. in a word. in that case. as has been noted. briefly. to summarize. thirdly. all in all. eventually. to be brief. with this intention. thus. at any rate. in the end. Summation: as was previously stated. to put it briefly. in short. given these points. otherwise Sequential Transitions: These transitions are used to signal a chronological or logical sequence. to the end that. to return to the subject. initially. then. then to resume anyhow. therefore.) Continuation: subsequently. to make a long story short. to start with. hence. at last. first of all secondly. anyway. for a start. lastly.) place. to begin with. so. so. so as to. in conclusion. afterwards. as has been mentioned. after (this). incidentally. Numerical: in the (first. . eventually.so. last but not least. therefore. at first. on the whole. in all. as I have said. in summary. so that. etc. in order that. altogether. that being the case. if not. previously. overall. in the hope that. Consequence: under those circumstances. consequently. before (this). in sum. second. finally. next.

Barbara. these pants are too long. 1. Josephine ate too fast. 7. I like to read. 13. I try not to become bitter when I see it. 8. My sister loves to eat. (Consequently/ Likewise/ In contrast). (and/ for example/ however). I was watching the game. napkins. (so/ soon/ though). (Nevertheless/ Furthermore/ For instance). and cups for the picnic. I read five books. Be prepared to explain your answers. they will need to be altered before I can wear them. 16. 9. she had indigestion. unfortunately. (and then/ in brief/ for) he had studied diligently.” 19. 6. (therefore/ nevertheless/ whereas). John eats five big meals a day. he never gains weight. 20. (furthermore/ meanwhile/ first). She felt exhausted.ANSWERS KEY Directions: Circle the best transitions from the choices in parentheses. (instead/ for/ thus). I will be in Dayton. (in addition/ on the contrary/ yet). 3. (Besides/ In fact/ Although). 10. 11. she took a nap. 4. don’t forget the cat food and juice. I hate intolerance. (so/ however/ again) let’s have lunch together. I would like to see you tomorrow. He expected to do well on the test. He concluded like this: “(Soon/ Next/ To sum up). (finally/ moreover/ but) I don’t care much about food. She had looked for a job for months. (In effect/ Above all/ Later). I like to learn new facts about nature. (as a result/ despite this/ hence). (without a doubt/ yet/ plus). The music’s too loud. 18. (Obviously/ Because/ As proof). 15. (even though/ then/ third). 17. This morning. (to conclude/ in a way/ most of all). Hank went to the store.. 5. That restaurant is awful. (Formerly/ Finally/ Before). 14. I found a bug in my soup. 12. he visited his sister for an hour. there’s no business like show business. I enjoy learning. (still/ that is/ to repeat). the soup boiled over. Pay attention to punctuation in addition to meaning. is the best student in the class. bring the paper plates. substitute other possible transitions in the sentences below. Before I wrote the research paper. For added practice. . First. I scanned seven magazine articles and interviewed two experts on the topic. it’s making the windows rattle. Please. she found one. 2. Yesterday. I will be in Xenia. I hardly have any time to read for fun.

(and then/ in brief/ for) he had studied diligently. 5. 12. I scanned seven magazine articles and interviewed two experts on the topic. 10. My sister loves to eat. (Obviously/ Because/ As proof). he visited his sister for an hour. 18. it’s making the windows rattle. I like to learn new facts about nature. I hate intolerance. 6. Pay attention to punctuation in addition to meaning. is the best student in the class. Please. First. he never gains weight. The music’s too loud. the soup boiled over. (without a doubt/ yet/ plus). He concluded like this: “(Soon/ Next/ To sum up). . 8. bring the paper plates. For added practice.Name: ______________________ Date: ___________ Year & Section: ___________ Score: _________ Directions: Circle the best transitions from the choices in parentheses. (so/ soon/ though). I hardly have any time to read for fun. (Besides/ In fact/ Although). she found one. she took a nap. she had indigestion. 1. I found a bug in my soup. 3. 9. and cups for the picnic. I will be in Xenia. I enjoy learning. Josephine ate too fast. This morning.” 19. Barbara. don’t forget the cat food and juice. (instead/ for/ thus). (Nevertheless/ Furthermore/ For instance). 17. (finally/ moreover/ but) I don’t care much about food. (to conclude/ in a way/ most of all). Yesterday. 11. 15. these pants are too long. 20. 2. 7. 13. substitute other possible transitions in the sentences below. She had looked for a job for months. I was watching the game. (Formerly/ Finally/ Before). I read five books. (and/ for example/ however). She felt exhausted. I would like to see you tomorrow. (furthermore/ meanwhile/ first). there’s no business like show business. Be prepared to explain your answers. (so/ however/ again) let’s have lunch together. I like to read. napkins. Hank went to the store. (as a result/ despite this/ hence). unfortunately. (In effect/ Above all/ Later). That restaurant is awful. 14. I try not to become bitter when I see it. (even though/ then/ third). they will need to be altered before I can wear them. Before I wrote the research paper. (still/ that is/ to repeat). John eats five big meals a day. (therefore/ nevertheless/ whereas). (in addition/ on the contrary/ yet). He expected to do well on the test. 4. 16. (Consequently/ Likewise/ In contrast). I will be in Dayton.

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