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List of Transition Words for Essays

Transition words are not new to anyone. They basically make our ideas easy to understand. For this reason, not just verbal communication, but also papers demand them. However, there are some transition words which we can go without, but when added to a paper make it look more creative. Sometimes it is possible to create a unique one.

Don’t be shy to brainstorm for it. At the end of the day, it will prove that you are truly into artistic English. For the time being, feel free to go with the ones given below.

As you go over the list, you will find repetition of certain transition words. The reason behind this is that they can be used in different ways to justify the true meanings of different sentences.

Similarly, two or three transition words can mean the same. To avoid repetition of one in a single paragraph, take advantage of all of them. Consider this page to be gem, for it lists some of the rarest transition words.

To display agreement, reasoning or similarity between lines or ideas:

  • Because
  • As a result
  • Consequently
Three transition words used for the same idea
  • Hence
  • Thus
  • Therefore
  • Under such circumstances
  • In this situation
  • In order to
  • Clearly, then
  • Correspondingly
  • Moreover
  • Furthermore
  • What's more
  • In the same way
  • Following this further
  • Also
  • Pursuing this further
  • In the light of xyz
  • Similarly
  • Likewise
  • By the same token
  • As well
  • Just in the same way
To show sequence or time (chronology)
  • First/Firstly
  • First of all
  • Second/Secondly
This is how you can use points to justify your idea
  • Third
  • Finally
  • At the end
  • Eventually
  • At first
  • In the first place
  • In the mean time
  • In due time
  • In the middle
  • Also
  • Besides
  • Additionally/In addition/In addition
  • Lastly
  • In the first place
  • Pursuing this further
  • Above all/Above everything else
  • To be sure
  • After
  • Afterwards
  • After a short period of time
  • At present
  • As soon as
  • At last
  • At the beginning
  • Before
  • Before long
  • Later
  • Henceforth
  • Meanwhile
  • Next
  • Soon
  • Soon thereafter
  • Then
  • Suddenly
  • All of a sudden
  • Without a warning
  • Subsequently
  • Simultaneously
  • Prior to
  • Pursuing this further
  • In the future
  • Next year
  • Recently
  • Months later
  • Weeks later
  • In the past
  • At present
  • In the morning
  • At noon
For opening a paragraph initially with an strong tone and for general use
  • Admittedly/ By general admission
  • Assuredly
  • Certainly
  • Conveniently
  • Indeed
  • Granted
  • To be sure
  • No doubt
  • Without a doubt
  • Nobody denies
  • Obviously
  • Of course
  • Conveniently
  • Not to mention
  • Needless to say
  • To be sure
  • Undoubtedly
  • Unquestionably
  • Generally
  • In general
  • At this level
  • By all means
By all means and of course share the same meaning
  • As a matter of fact
  • In fact
  • Believe it or not
  • (Whether you) Like it or not
To display contrast, conflicting and contradicting ideas
  • But
  • Yet
  • Still
  • However
  • On the other hand
  • On the negative side
  • On the other side of the line
  • On the contrary
  • Nevertheless
  • Notwithstanding
  • Nonetheless
  • To the contrary
  • Conversely
  • Contrastingly
  • By way of contrast
  • By/In contrast
  • Whereas
  • When in fact
  • Although this may be true
  • Even though
  • In spite of
  • Despite
  • Then again
  • After all
  • In reality
  • Instead
  • Otherwise
  • Rather
  • Regardless
  • Or
  • That said
  • With that being said
  • Having said that
  • Ironically
Ironically is ususally added to pipoint sarcasm or hypocracy
To signal conclusion
  • In final analysis
  • In conclusion
  • In final consideration
  • Indeed
  • In summary
  • Finally
  • At the end/In the end
  • At last
  • Lastly
  • Ultimately
  • Eventually
To restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a more exacting way
  • In other words
  • Point in fact
  • In fact
  • Specifically
  • To put it differently
  • In brief
  • In short
  • In summary
  • To be clear
  • As stated earlier
  • As mentioned earlier
  • As said earlier
  • As shown earlier

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