Grammar: Transitional Words & Phrases

[U]sing transitional phrases helps your prose read more smoothly, connecting thoughts and ideas as they form relationships between one another. They help your sentences flow naturally.

Below is  list of words and phrases, listed by their intended use:

[one_third]CONSEQUENCE

  • accordingly
  • as a result
  • consequently
  • for this reason
  • for this purpose
  • hence
  • otherwise
  • so then
  • subsequently
  • therefore
  • thus
  • thereupon
  • wherefore
[/one_third][one_third]CONTRAST & COMPARE

  • contrast
  • by the same token
  • conversely
  • instead
  • likewise
  • on one hand
  • on the other hand
  • on the contrary
  • rather
  • similarly
  • yet
  • but
  • however
  • still
  • nevertheless
  • in contrast
[/one_third][one_third_last]DIRECTION

  • here
  • there
  • over there
  • beyond
  • nearly
  • opposite
  • under
  • above
  • to the left
  • to the right
  • in the distance

DIVERSION

  • by the way
  • incidentally
[/one_third_last][box type=”shadow”][quote]The children were very happy. On the other hand, and perhaps more importantly, their parents were very proactive in providing good care.[/quote][/box] [one_third]EMPHASIS

  • above all
  • chiefly
  • with attention to
  • especially
  • particularly
  • singularly

EXCEPTION

  • aside from
  • barring
  • beside
  • except
  • excepting
  • excluding
  • exclusive of
  • other than
  • outside of
  • save
[/one_third][one_third]EXEMPLIFYING

  • chiefly
  • especially
  • for instance
  • in particular
  • markedly
  • namely
  • particularly
  • including
  • specifically
  • such as

GENERALIZING

  • as a rule
  • as usual
  • for the most part
  • generally
  • generally speaking
  • ordinarily
  • usually
[/one_third][one_third_last]ILLUSTRATION

  • for example
  • for instance
  • for one thing
  • as an illustration
  • illustrated with
  • as an example
  • in this case

RESTATEMENT

  • in essence
  • in other words
  • namely
  • that is
  • that is to say
  • in short
  • in brief
  • to put it differently
[/one_third_last][box type=”shadow”][quote]There were a few very talented artists in the class, but for the most part the students only wanted to avoid the alternative course.[/quote][/box][one_third]SIMILARITY

  • comparatively
  • coupled with
  • correspondingly
  • identically
  • likewise
  • similar
  • moreover
  • together with
[/one_third][one_third]SEQUENCE

  • at first
  • first of all
  • to begin with
  • in the first place
  • at the same time
  • for now
  • for the time being
  • the next step
  • in time
  • in turn
  • later on
  • meanwhile
  • next
  • then
  • soon
  • in the meantime
  • later
  • while
  • earlier
  • simultaneously
  • in conclusion
  • with this in mind
[/one_third][one_third_last]SUMMARIZING

  • after all
  • all in all
  • all things considered
  • briefly
  • by and large
  • in any case
  • in any event
  • in brief
  • in conclusion
  • on the whole
  • in short
  • in summary
  • in the final analysis
  • in the long run
  • on balance
  • to sum up
  • to summarize
  • finally
[/one_third_last][box type=”shadow”][quote]She didn’t seem willing to sell the car this week, but in any case I don’t get paid until the end of the month.[/quote][/box]
Angela

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