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Opposition/Limitation/ unless
Agreement / Addition /
Contradiction cont. when
of course ..., but whenever
The transition words such as
on the other hand while
also, in addition, and,
on the contrary because of
likewise, add information,
at the same time as
reinforce ideas, and express
in spite of since
agreement with preceding
even so / though while
be that as it may lest
in the first place
then again in case
not only ... but also
above all provided that
as a matter of fact
in reality given that
in like manner
after all only / even if
in addition
but so that
coupled with
(and) still so as to
in the same fashion / way
unlike owing to
first, second, third
or inasmuch as
in the light of
(and) yet due to
not to mention
to say nothing of
albeit Examples / Support /
equally important
besides Emphasis
by the same token
as much as These transitional devices are
even though used to introduce examples as
although support, and to indicate
instead importance.
whereas in other words
despite to put it differently
conversely for one thing
otherwise as an illustration
however in this case
rather for this reason
nevertheless to put it another way
nonetheless that is to say
regardless with attention to
as well as
not withstanding by all means
together with
important to realize
of course
Cause / Condition / Purpose another key point
These transitional phrases first thing to remember
present specific conditions or most compelling evidence
intentions. must be remembered
in the event that point often overlooked
granted (that) to point out
as / so long as on the positive / negative side
on (the) condition (that) with this in mind
Opposition / Limitation /
for the purpose of notably
with this intention including
Transition words such as but,
with this in mind like
rather, and or express that
in the hope that to be sure
there is evidence to the
to the end that namely
contrary or point out
for fear that chiefly
alternatives, and thus
in order to truly
introduce a change the line of
seeing / being that
reasoning (contrast).
in view of Examples/Support/Evidence
although this may be true
Cause/Condition/Purpose cont.
in contrast
cont. indeed
different from
If... then certainly
surely and / or restate ideas, or in the meantime
markedly indicate a final general in a moment
especially statement. Also, some words without delay
specifically (like therefore) from the in the first place
expressively Effect / Consequence category all of a sudden
surprisingly can be used to summarize. at this instant
frequently as can be seen immediately
significantly generally speaking quickly
in fact in the final analysis finally
in general all things considered after
in particular as shown above later
in detail in the long run last
for example given these points until
for instance as has been noted since
to demonstrate in a word then
to emphasize for the most part before
to repeat after all hence
to clarify in fact since
to explain in summary when
to enumerate in conclusion once
such as in short about
in brief next
Effect / Consequence / in essence now
Result to summarize formerly
Some of these transition on balance suddenly
words (thus, then, altogether shortly
accordingly, consequently, overall henceforth
therefore, henceforth) are ordinarily whenever
time words that are used to usually eventually
indicate in what order or by and large meanwhile
sequence things occurred. to sum up further
as a result on the whole during
under those in any event first, second
circumstances in either case in time
in that case all in all prior to
for this reason forthwith
for Time / Chronology / straight away
thus Sequence by the time
because the These transitional words (such whenever
then as finally) have the function instantly
hence of limiting, restricting, and presently
consequently defining time. occasionally
therefore at the present time
thereupon from time to time
forthwith sooner or later
accordingly at the same time
henceforth up to the present
to begin with
in due time
until now
now that
Conclusion / Summary / Time/Chronology/Sequence
Restatement cont.
These transition words and as soon as
phrases conclude, summarize as long as