Transitional Words & Phrases
Transitions enhance logical organization and understandability and improve the connections between thoughts. They indicate relations, whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper.
This list illustrates categories of “relationships” between ideas, followed by words and phrases that can make the connections:
When there is a trusting relationship coupled with positive reinforcement, the partners will be able to overcome difficult situations.
Highway traffic came to a stop as a result of an accident that morning.
Contrast and Comparison
The children were very happy. On the other hand, and perhaps more importantly, their parents were very proactive in providing good care.
She scanned the horizon for any sign though in the distance she could not see the surprise coming her way.
He stumbled upon the nesting pair incidentally found only on this hill.
The Quakers gathered each month with attention to deciding the business of their Meeting.
Consensus was arrived at by all of the members exclusive of those who could not vote.
Some friends and I drove up the beautiful coast chiefly to avoid the heat island of the city.
There were a few very talented artists in the class, but for the most part the students only wanted to avoid the alternative course.
The chapter provided complex sequences and examples illustrated with a very simple schematic diagram.
The research was presented in a very dry style though was coupled with examples that made the audience tear up.
In their advertising business, saying things directly was not the rule. That is to say, they tried to convey the message subtly though with creativity.
The music had a very retro sound but at the same time incorporated a complex modern rhythm.
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
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.