Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday Tip: Transitional Words and Phrases

Tuesday Tip

Transitions in your writing are needed whenever possible to provide links between thoughts and paragraphs. There are a number of ways to do this. Here are some to choose from, and they are divided into categories according to their use. (This is just a small sample of transitional words and phrases.)

  • Addition/sequence:  additionally, again, also, furthermore, in addition, meanwhile, still, too
  • Concession:  admittedly, certainly, in fact, naturally, of course, surely, without a doubt
  • Contrast:  after all, although, at the same time, but, despite, however, otherwise, yet
  • Examples/emphasis:  after all, clearly, for instance, in other words, specifically, to demonstrate
  • Place or direction:  above, below, near, next to, underneath, wherever
  • Purpose/cause and effect: as a result, because, so, then, therefore
  • Qualification:  almost, always, frequently, nearly, never, often, probably
  • Result:  as a result, consequently, so, then, thus
  • Similarity:  again, also, and, furthermore, likewise, similarly
  • Summary:  as a result, finally, in conclusion, in summary, to conclude
  • Time:  after a while, also, at that time, eventually, first, later, meanwhile, once, so far, whenever
 Look through your current work in progress (WIP). Can you identify places where transitional words are needed?

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