Common Transition Words & Phrases in English

Transition/ Linking words and phrases in English are used to combine two clauses or sentences presenting contrast, comparison, condition, supposition, purpose, ...


Transition/ Linking words and phrases enable us to establish clear connections between ideas.
Most linking words can either connect clauses within a sentence, or start a sentence to form
a link with the previous statement.

List of Transition/ Linking words and phrases

Comparison

  • Similarly
  • Equally
  • Likewise
  • In like manner
  • Like
  • In the same way
  • Comparable
  • As...as
  • As if

Time & Sequence

  • Before
  • After
  • Afterward
  • Then
  • Next
  • First, second, ...
  • Finally
  • Soon
  • Later

Addition

  • As well as
  • And
  • Too
  • Furthermore
  • Also
  • In addition to
  • Not only ... but also
  • Or

Direction & Place

  • Here
  • There
  • Over there
  • Beyond
  • Opposite
  • Under
  • Above
  • To the left
  • In the distance

Illustration

  • Illustrated by
  • In the case of
  • Such as
  • For example
  • As an example
  • For instance
  • In this case
  • For one thing

Cause & Effect

  • Therefore
  • So
  • Because
  • Thus
  • Hence
  • Due to
  • As a result
  • Consequently

Contrast

  • But
  • However
  • On the other hand
  • Otherwise
  • Unlike
  • Conversely
  • At the same time
  • In spite of

Emphasis

  • Markedly
  • Especially
  • Specifically
  • Expressively
  • Surprisingly
  • Frequently
  • Significantly
  • With this in mind
  • Important to
  • Another key point
  • Indeed
  • In particular

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