Ah, Those Transitions Connecting Ideas Transition words



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Ah, Those Transitions

  • Connecting Ideas

Transition words:

  • Provide more information
  • Provide an example
  • Provide a cause or reason
  • Provide a result or an effect
  • Provide a purpose or reason
  • Provide a comparison or contrast
  • Provide a sequence
  • Provide a summary
  • Provide a conclusion

What are transitions and how are they used?

  • Transition words and phrases help make clear connections between ideas and see that sentences and paragraphs flow together smoothly, making them easier to read.

Transition words that provide more information

  • Besides
  • Furthermore
  • In addition
  • Indeed
  • In fact
  • Moreover
  • Second
  • Third

Transition words that provide an example

  • For example
  • For instance
  • In particular
  • Particularly
  • Specifically
  • To demonstrate
  • To illustrate

Transition words that provide a cause or reason

  • As
  • Because
  • Because of
  • Due to
  • For
  • For the reason that
  • Since

Transition words that provide a result or an effect

  • Accordingly
  • Finally
  • Consequently
  • Hence
  • So
  • Therefore
  • Thus

Transition words that provide a purpose or reason

  • For fear that
  • In the hope that
  • In order to
  • So
  • So that
  • With this in mind

Transition words that provide a comparison or contrast

  • Although
  • However
  • In comparison
  • In contrast
  • Likewise
  • Nevertheless
  • On the other hand
  • Similarly
  • Whereas
  • Yet

Transition words that provide a sequence

  • After
  • Before
  • Currently
  • During
  • Eventually
  • Finally
  • First,...Second,..., etc.
  • Formerly
  • Immediately
  • Initially
  • Lastly
  • Later
  • Meanwhile
  • Next
  • Previously
  • Simultaneously
  • Soon
  • Subsequently

Transition words that provide a summary

  • Briefly
  • In brief
  • Overall
  • Summing up
  • To put it briefly
  • To sum up
  • To summarize

Transition words that provide a conclusion

  • Given these facts
  • Hence
  • In conclusion
  • So
  • Thus
  • To conclude
  • Therefore

Ready for a Quiz ?

  • How much do you know about using transition words? Take the Quiz and find out.

Can you transition?

  • Choose a transition word to complete the following sentences.

Choose the best transition

  • I love to write essays for school.  _____________, I really enjoy receiving large amounts of homework from my teachers.
  • Nevertheless In fact Due to

Choose the best transition

  • __________ working as the president of the United States, George Bush loves to ride horses.
  • Eventually Likewise In addition to

Choose the best transition

  • _________ I do enjoy cooking as a hobby, I will not prepare all the food for your party.
  • On the other hand Although To put it briefly

Choose the best transition

  • ____________I promised to go to school today, I stayed home to watch television.
  • Currently Indeed Although

Choose the best transition

  • Meanwhile With this in mind Whereas

Choose the best transition

  • _______ to make my writing very clear, I will learn how to use transitional words.
  • Previously Therefore For fear that

Choose the best transition

  • _________ people believed the earth was flat. 
  • With this in mind Eventually In hopes that

Choose the best transition

  • Things were pretty dull. _______ the families of our neighborhood were excited about the people who moved into the Blake’s house.
  • To put it briefly Since Consequently

Choose the best transition

  • _________ they learned their new student was from California.

Choose the best transition

  • Polls show that the Beatles are the most popular singing group of this century. ________________ , there are country music fans who would disagree.
  • In particular However For instance

Choose the best transition

  • There are some slight variations in climate, but ________________ mild winters can be expected in the South.
  • consequently otherwise as a rule  

Choose the best transition

  • The two larger cities, ________________ Knoxville and Chattanooga, are in East Tennessee.
  • finally namely in summary 

Furthermore In comparison With reference to  

  • It is clear, therefore, that Robert’s grades in English will improve only slowly due to his hard work. ______________ the problems he is experiencing in algebra, the outlook is slightly less optimistic.
  • Choose the best transition  

Choose the best transition 

  • It was announced that teachers' working hours would be longer than other professions. ______________ , even fewer new teachers are expected to join the profession.
  • As a result So that Likewise 

Choose the best transition

  • Sales of cassettes have dropped over the past 12 months. _____________ , CDs have seen an increase in sales.
  • Above all Correspondingly In contrast

Nevertheless In other words Similarly 

  • The mayor explained that tax collection was down, it would be necessary to freeze salaries at their current level. ______________ , no-one was getting a pay rise.
  • Choose the best transition

as well as in addition in the same way  

  • In order to try to reduce car use in the inner cities, the government has announced new restrictions and, ______________ , a new tax on individual car use.
  • Choose the best transition

obviously otherwise as a result    

  • Homework must be handed in by the deadline, ______________ they will not be graded.
  • Choose the best transition    

Nevertheless Because Even though   

  • Choose the best transition



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