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How To Use Transition Words In Essays



Paragraphs, essays, research papers, theses, and dissertations are all written formats that students use in order to demonstrate the logical progression of ideas one to another. And in English writing, it's not enough to just list ideas one after the other without using transitional words. To show the logical connection between the ideas, we need to indicate how or the way in which our sentences and ideas flow together so that the reader can follow along with our thought process. 


This is where transition words and phrases come in handy. If used well a reader can answer the following questions quite immediately:

  1. Are the ideas connected?
  2. Does one depend on the other?
  3. Is one a premise upon which another idea is built? 

Put simply, they will easily understand the logical flow of your essay. And you, as the writer, will be able to keep your writing clear and concise by using these words or phrases. 


Here are some common transitional words and phrases that you might want to consider using the next time you have to write something for school, college, or university.


Consequence:  therefore, thus, hence, accordingly, as a result, consequently


Likeness:  similarly, likewise


Contrast:  but, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, on the other hand, yet


Amplification:  and, again, in addition, further, furthermore, also, moreover, too


Example:  for example, for instance


Restatement:  in other words, put simply


Recapitulation:  in conclusion, to summarise, in sum


Time or Place:  afterward, latter, former, hitherto, subsequently, simultaneously


P.S. We've used some in this article. Can you spot them?


As a bonus if you need some examples check out this video by our friends over at ProWritingAid:






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