What Are Transition Words?

Transition words are words or phrases that show the connection between ideas in a text or speech. They help the reader or listener understand the relationships between the ideas being presented, and they can also help to emphasize certain points or ideas. Some common transition words include “and,” “but,” “or,” “so,” “then,” “hence,” “therefore,” “however,” “nevertheless,” and “despite.”

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There are several different types of transition words, including:

Adversative transitions, which show contrast or opposition between ideas. Examples include “but,” “however,” and “on the other hand.”

Causal transitions, which show cause and effect relationships between ideas. Examples include “because,” “since,” and “as a result.”

Concessive transitions show that one idea is being accepted or acknowledged, despite being in contrast with another idea. Examples include “although,” “even though,” and “while.”

Additive transitions, which show the addition or continuation of ideas. Examples include “also,” “furthermore,” and “in addition.”

Sequential transitions, which show the order or sequence of ideas. Examples include “first,” “second,” “then,” and “finally.”

Using transition words effectively can help to make your writing or speech more coherent and easier to understand – something well worth trying to achieve in your writing!

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