Transitions in Essays

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Transitional Phrases and Structure Words

Words Used to indicate examples or application of thought

because for example specifically for instance
provided like, as    

Words used to transition to conclusions

therefore thus hence
consequently in conclusion at last
then in brief finally

Comparison Transition Words

also in the same manner in addition similarly
too furthermore both like
as well as moreover each of not only...but also
just as...so again have in common share the same

Contrast Transition Words

however on the contrary on the other hand in contrast/ in spite of although/though
unlike instead of whereas conversely while
yet/but even if for all that nevertheless either...or
of course some may say      

Structure words pointing to relationships among and between ideas.

A)  Time relationships

Finally

Immediately

Thereafter

Meanwhile

Before

Last

Now

Later

After

Following

Previously

Hereafter

At last

At length

In the first place

At the same time

In retrospect

B)  Space relationships

Here

Far

To the east

Under

There

Away

Westward

Across

Close

Further on

Yonder

Beneath

By

Above

Near

Everywhere

C)  Related in degree

Many

More

Most

Little

Less

Least

Some

All

Above all

Fewer

Fewest

Worst

Greater

Greatest

Best

D)  Pointing to show emphasis

This

These

That

Those

One

Several

Some

Few

Thanks to Brent Rohol (of Spruce Creek High School of Port Orange, FL ) for these ideas

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