Selecting Appropriate Transitions

Transitional  words or phrases are inserted at the beginning of a sentence and usually separated from the rest of the sentence with a comma.  Some reasons to use transitional phrases may provide a sense of continuity, indicate a shift in idea or direction, and help a reader move from sentence to sentence, or idea to idea, within a paragraph.  Selecting the appropriate transitional phrase can be challenging.  It is best to avoid repetition, and the following list of phrases may provide just the right word to help you move smoothly from one idea to another.

Emphasis
indeed
truly
again
to repeat
in fact

Example
for example
for instance
thus
in other words
as an illustration
in particular
in this manner

Granting a Point
granted that
although
though
even though
while it may be true
in spite of
no doubt
to be sure
it is true that

Suggestion
for this purpose
to this end
with this object

Comparison
similarly
likewise
in like manner

 

Contrast
but
however
yet 
still
nevertheless
on the other hand
for all of that
on the contrary
conversely
in contrast to
at the same time
while this may be true
not withstanding

Addition
in addition
furthermore
moreover
also
equally important
too
also
similarly
again
further
finally
lastly
at last
in conclusion
first, second, etc
Summary
in summary
in conclusion
therefore
finally
consequently
thus
accordingly
as a result
that is
in other words
in short
in brief
to conclude
to sum u
Result
accordingly
thus 
hence
consequently
therefore
wherefore
then

as a result
thereupon
Logical Conclusion
consequently
because
since therefore
accordingly
thus
hence
due to
as a result
Value Sequence
first
second
secondly
third
thirdly
next
last
finally
Time Sequence
then
once
after
now
afterward
next
before
subsequently
previously
first
second
at last
meanwhile
in the meantime
 
Time Sequence
soon

never
immediately
at length
when yesterday
today
tomorrow
at once
while
at the same time
in the end
in the interim
by now
until now
finally
Space Sequence
above
across
under
beyond
below
nearby
nearer
opposite to
adjacent to
to the left / right
in the foreground
in the background
here
there
near
   at the same place