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Transitional Words/Phrases (List & Examples)

Transitional Words(phrases)

DEFINITION: It is taken from the word transfer which means to take us from one idea to another idea. More clearly:  The transition words/phrases connect ideas and also introduce contrast, agreement, purpose, result, conclusion, etc. they are the word or words which transfer us from one idea to another idea.
check out conjunctions also:
Example:

  • He is not only a doctor but also a pilot.
  • He cooks delicious food. in fact. he is a professional chef.

These transitional words are used to show agreement, similarity, and addition.

Transition wordsExampledTransition wordsExample
As well asHe performs as well as the others.TooHe has a nice car, too.
As a matter of factHe is not a student. As a matter of fact, he does not like to join the school.ThenYou have to struggle hard then you will be able to compete.

We use these transition words to show contrast, opposition, and limitation.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
Of course….butOf course, I am intelligent but I can not do it. Otherwise1. They should play the game well otherwise they’ll lose it.
2. we have to eat otherwise we will be weak.
On the other handHe loves to travel; on the other hand, the doctor has not allowed him from moving.BesidesBesides all the difficulties, we have to go to the party.

The following transition words present specific conditions, intentions, and purposes.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
In order toHe went to the hall in order to find the man.
He joined the club in order to learn to dance.
So thatHe sleeps more so he is lazy.
I will bring him so that I should do the work quickly.
In the event thatHe seemed so good in the event that he made his century.With this intentionThey will find the thief; with this intention, they have complained.

The following transition words are used to give examples, support, or emphasize the idea.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
For instanceI can teach many languages. For instance, English, Urdu, and Spanish.
With this in mindHe will win the game, with this in mind he took part in the competition.
Important to realizeIt is important to realize that you have a healthy life.In factShe got the first position. In fact, she is working hard.

Transition words that we use to express effect, consequence, and result:


Note: we use for and because before the consequence/result.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
ForThey played well for the position.BecauseI let him go because he was ill.
ThusI could not learn thus the teacher sent us out.
In that caseHe smoked cigarettes; in that case, he was charged.

we use these transitional words for the conclusion, summarizing, or restatement.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
UltimatelyAfter a lot of hard work, ultimately we could reach him.In either caseWhether you do it or not, in either case, you will be at a loss.
To sum upPakistan played well, and India did better, to sum up, they all worked hard.
OverallTheir overall performances were good in all the matches of the tournament.

when we talk about the sequence, chronology, and time we use these transitional words.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
Sooner or laterSooner or later we have to pay the fine. As long asAs long as he plays well, won’t be out of the game.
As soon asWe have to go as soon as possible.All of a suddenEverything was going well, but all of a sudden something exploded.

For mentioning the place and locations we use these transitional words.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
In the middleThey joined us in the middle of class.BetweenWe offer ads between the two gaps
Nextshe sits next to his sister.AcrossHe came across the road after a lot of difficulties.

Use transitional words according to the given command to fill in the blanks.

  • He was standing ________________________ of the road. (Place)
  • There is always a chance ___________________ he is there. (time)
  • His ________________ points were a bit more than his rivals. (summary)
  • Sacajawea worked hard ______________ he wanted to be in the tournament’s finals. (purpose)
  • ______________________ he is a teacher ____________ he is not able to address the audience. (contrast)
  • There will be a problem, _________________________ they did not play the game. (support)
  • They will apply for the job _______________ they will be called for an interview. (addition)
  • Germany has the highest rate of literacy _____________ they support their students. (reason)

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