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Writing Resources – Transitions

Transition words signal the structure of your paper to your reader.

Logical Connection

Transition Expression

Similarity also, in the same way, just as — so too, likewise, similarly
Exception, Contrast but, however, in spite of, on the one hand — o.t.o.h., nevertheless, notwithstanding, in contrast, on the contrary, still, yet
Sequence, Order first, second, third, — next, then, finally
Time after, afterward, at last, before, currently, during, earlier, immediately, later, meanwhile, now, recently, simultaneously, previously, briefly, eventually, gradually, in the future, until now, formerly, in the past
Example for example, for instance, namely, specifically, to illustrate
Emphasis even, indeed, in fact, of course, certainly, truly
Place, Position above, adjacent, below, beyond, here, there, in front of, in back of, nearly
Cause & Effect thus, so, therefore, consequently, as a result, accordingly, hence
Additional Support/Evidence additionally, also, again, and, as well, besides, equally important, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover
Conclusion/Summary finally, in a word, in brief, briefly, in conclusion, in the end, in the final analysis, on the whole, thus, to conclude, to summarize, in sum, to sum up, in summary

 

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