Common Transitional Expressions For Use In Your Writing

Transitional expressions are words and phrases that establish relationships from one sentence to the next.  Most times, they appear in front of the new sentence, although they can also come right after the subject.

If you’re looking for the right transition to use to link two sentences, you can use this guide, which lists the most common transitional expressions:

  1. Addition. These are transitions that add to a previously stated idea, such as “and,” “also,” “in addition,” “furthermore” and “next.”
  2. Cause and effect.  These expressions show a cause and effect relationship between the two sentences.  Examples include “therefore,” “consequently” and “because of this.”
  3. Comparison.  These transitions allow you to make  a comparison with a previous sentence, such as “in similar fashion,” “in the same way” and “by the same token.”
  4. Contrast.  These expressions open up the way to a comparison of differences from one sentence to the next, such as “but,” “in contrast” and “on the other hand.”
  5. Example.  These transitions cue into an example for the idea in a previous sentence, such as “for instance,” “to illustrate” and “as an example.”
  6. Time.  These show a movement of time, such as “afterwards,” “shortly before” and “right around the same time.”
  7. Wrap-up.  These expressions wraps things up (i.e. summarize or conclude).  Examples include “and so,” “overall” and “as a whole.”