Transitional Expression

Building Vocabulary for Writing  
Read through the list and write down 20 expressions that you currently are not in the habit of using but that you would like to add to your writing.

TRANSITIONAL EXPRESSION
Similarity/Comparison
also, in the same way, just as …
so too, likewise, similarly, again,
once more, both, and also, equally
evident, equally, in like manner,
as, as if, as though

Concession
although it is true that, granted
that, I admit that, it may appear
that, naturally, of course,
notwithstanding, to be sure,
although, even if, even, even
though, though

Exception/Contrast
but, however, in spite of, on the
one hand … on the other hand,
nevertheless, nonetheless,
notwithstanding, in contrast, on
the contrary, still, yet, although,
despite, even though, instead,
regardless, though, conversely,
otherwise, whereas

Sequence/Order
 Again, and, and then, besides,
finally, first…second…third,
furthermore, last, moreover, next,
still, too
Time
after, afterward, after a bit, after a
few days, after awhile, at last,
before, currently, during, earlier,
immediately, lately, later,
meanwhile, now, recently,
simultaneously, subsequently,
then, as long as, as soon as, at
length, at that time, in the
meantime, in the past, presently,
shortly, since, so far, soon,
thereafter, until, when, at first,
eventually, finally, first(ly),
formerly, gradually, last, next,
originally, previously, suddenly,
temporarily, before, whenever,
while

Example
for example, for instance, namely,
specifically, to illustrate, after all,
even, indeed, in fact, of course,
such as, the following example, as
an illustration, in particular

Emphasis
even, indeed, in fact, of course,
truly, not only / but also, above
all, actually, after all, again,
certainly, clearly, equally
important, fortunately, in other
words, more important(ly), most
important(ly), naturally, obviously,
plainly, surely, undoubtedly,
without doubt

Place/Position
above, adjacent to, below,
beyond, here, in front, in back,
nearby, there, closer to,
elsewhere, far, farther on, near,
opposite to, to the left, to the right

Cause and Effect
accordingly, as a result, because,
for this purpose, then, thereupon,
to this end, consequently, hence,
so, therefore, thus, for, after all, in
order that, since
 Additional Support or
Evidence
additionally, again, also, and, as
well, besides, equally important,
further, furthermore, in addition,
moreover, then, and not only…but
also both, and additionally,
besides, likewise, too
Conclusion/Summary
finally, in a word, in brief, in
conclusion, in the end, in the final
analysis, on the whole, thus, to
conclude, to summarize, in sum, in
summary, as a result, as has been
noted, as I have said, as we have
seen, as mentioned earlier, in any
event, in other words, in short,
therefore, so, all in all, in brief, on
the whole
Condition/Manner

apparently, supposedly, as, as if,
as though, if, inasmuch as,
provided that, so that, unless,
whenever, whether
 Alternatives

either/or, neither/nor, whether,
instead, on the other hand,
otherwise
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One thought on “Transitional Expression

  1. Also,although,as, fortunately,additonally,besides,opposite to, on the other hand, instead, otherwise, in the end, in summary, accordingly, actually,for example, specifically, of course, in fact, such as, whenever

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