Transition words, also called linking or connecting words, are used to link together different ideas in your writing. These words help your text flow and show readers the relationship between phrases and paragraphs. However, not all transition words are individual words. Sometimes, you need a whole phrase to make a smooth transition in your writing. These phrases are known as transition phrases.
Transition words illustrate relationships between other words and phrases. Although we are generally taught to use transition words at the beginning of sentences, this is not the only place they are used. Generally, transition word is the core of its sentence. This is the decisive point where the sentence’s core message is communicated. Not every sentence contains a transition word, but when one does, the transition word is usually critical to its question or statement.
Transition words can be divided into several categories, based on the type of transition you want to make. There are often several words available for one transition. Sometimes they mean exactly the same, sometimes there are slight differences. Here are some categories of transition words.
- Cause and effect: therefore, so, as a result, consequently
- Contrast: however, on the other hand, but
- Calrification: in other words, that is to say, to clarify
- Emphasis: most importantly, certainly, above all
- Example: for example, for instance
- Time: after that, meanwhile, during, subsequently
- Enumeration: in addition, firstly/secondly, furthermore, moreover
- Conclusion: to sum up, in conclusion, in short
Sometimes, working with transition words, you may accidentally use the wrong word for the type of transition you are making or use a word that does not have quite the right connotation for your message, especially when English is not your primary language. However, when you are not sure if the transition word you chose is not the right one, you can always ask your teacher or self-check your writing through internet. Good luck!
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