Transitional Phrases

Using transitional phrases is a way to guide your reader from one thought to the next. These are used within your paragraphs as you move from one idea to another as well as when you need to move your reader to the next paragraph. Think of transitions as the links that help your writing flow. You can also think of a transition as a sort of bridge between ideas or between paragraphs. Rather than leap from one idea to the next, a transitional word or phrase will offer connection and flow.

Different transitions serve different purposes, such as showing a contrast, showing cause and effect, or elaborating upon an idea.

For example, in order to add to a thought, you would include a transitional phrase that alerts your writer that you are adding to what you have already stated: “Furthermore, another reason that cheerleading should be seen as a sport is because it requires physical training.”

And to alert your reader that you are comparing two items, you would use a transitional phrase used for comparing: “On the other hand, cheerleading is different from other sports because…”

Examples of Transitional Phrases

To Compare or Show Similarity:
in comparison
in the same way
by comparison
equally
similarly
in a similar manner
likewise
in a similar fashion
To Compare or Show Similarity:
in comparison
in the same way
by comparison
equally
similarly
in a similar manner
likewise
in a similar fashion
To Contrast or Show Differences:
yet
on the contrary
nevertheless
nonetheless
on the other hand
but
however
though
otherwise
in contrast
at the same time
notwithstanding
To Show Cause and Effect:
because
since
therefore
thus
consequently
for that reason
as a result
hence
To Summarize or Conclude:
in summary
therefore
hence
to summarize
thus
as has been noted
finally
overall
as previously stated
in conclusion
given these points
in short