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Some Transitional Words/Phrases:
Compiled by Dr. Brian Campbell, 2014

 

Openings:  “To begin with,”  “Initially,”  “At the onset,”  “For a time,”  “In the beginning,”  “At the outset,”  “To start with,”  “There have been several different approaches,”

Following On:  Subsequently,”  “Later on,”  “It follows that,”  “Along the same lines,”  “Along somewhat different lines,”  “Along similar lines,”  “Next,”  “Also,”  “A little while later,” “Immediately after,”  “Immediately thereafter,”  “Over the following years,”  “In subsequent years,”  “Subsequently,”   

Quantitative: “For the most part,”  “Overall,”  “In general,”  “Generally speaking,” “In most instances,”

Similarity:  “Similarly,”  “In a similar fashion,”  “Likewise,”  “Also,”  “Along similar lines,”

Difference:  “Along somewhat different lines,”  “Taking a different approach,”  “Taking a somewhat different approach,”  “Stated somewhat differently,”  “Stated another way,”

Time:  “At the same time,”  “During the same time,”  “Sometime thereafter,”  “Not long thereafter,”  “Very soon,”  “A short time later,” “Shortly thereafter,”  “Almost immediately thereafter,”  “Suddenly,”  “Without hesitation,”  “Next,”  “Afterwords,”  “Later on,”  “In the meantime,”  “Earlier on,”  “Prior to this time,”  “Thereafter,”  “From then on,”  “From that point on,”

Contrast:  “In sharp contrast,”  “In marked contrast,”  “By way of contrast,” “On the other hand,”  “On the contrary,”  “However,”  “Nevertheless,”

In General:  “In general,”  “Generally speaking,”  “Overall,”  “For the most part,”

Clarification: “By way of clarification,”  “To clarify,”  “Stated somewhat differently,”  “By way of further explanation,”  “In other words,”  “That is,” “That is to say,”

Consequence:  “As a consequence,”  “As a result,”  “Consequently,”  “Therefore,”  “Thus,”  “Thereafter,”

Examples:  “For example,”  “By way of example,”  “By way of illustration,”  “For instance,”

Specifics: “In particular,”  “Specifically,”  “In precisely the same fashion,”

Illustration: “Therefore,”  “Thus,”  “For example,”  “For instance,”  “In particular,”  “Specifically,”  “Namely,”  “By way of illustration,”  “To illustrate this point,”

In Addition:  “In addition,”  “Furthermore,”  “Moreover,”  “By way of further explanation,”  “Lastly,”  “Secondly,”  “It follows that,”  “To further support this point,”  “To extend this line of reasoning,”

Comparison:  In comparison,”  “By way of comparison,”  “Comparatively speaking,”  “In other words,”  “In a similar fashion,”  “Similarly,”  “Along similar lines,”  “In marked contrast,”

Emphasis:  Surprisingly,”   “Above all,”  “Truly,”  “Clearly,”  “Not surprisingly,”  “Above all else,”  “Most importantly,”   “Without any hesitation,”  “Without exaggeration,”

Concession:  “Conceding this point,”  “Acknowledging this position,”  “In agreement,” “Taking this point into account,

Summary/Conclusion:  In summary,”  “By way of summary,” “Taking everything into consideration,”  “Looking back over these various approaches,”  “In conclusion,”