List of Transition Words and Phrases


Transitional terms give writers the opportunity to prepare readers for a new idea, connecting the previous sentence to the next one.

Many transitional words are nearly synonymous: words that broadly indicate that “this follows logically from the preceding” include accordingly, therefore, and consequently. Words that mean “in addition to” include moreover, besides, and further. Words that mean “contrary to what was just stated” include however, nevertheless, and nonetheless.

What follows is a list of the most common and helpful transition words.

33 Useful Transition Words
  1. accordingly | see definition»

    as a result : THEREFORE : CONSEQUENTLY

    The executive’s flight was delayed and they accordingly arrived late.

  2. additionally | see definition»

    in or by way of addition : FURTHERMORE

    The mountain has many marked hiking trails; additionally, there are several unmarked trails that lead to the summit.

  3. afterward | see definition»

    at a later or succeeding time : SUBSEQUENTLY, THEREAFTER

    Afterward, she got a promotion.

  4. albeit | see definition»

    even though : ALTHOUGH

    She appeared as a guest star on the show, albeit briefly.

  5. although | see definition»

    in spite of the fact that : even though —used when making a statement that differs from or contrasts with a statement you have just made

    They are good friends, although they don't see each other very often.

  6. besides | see definition»

    in addition to what has been said : MOREOVER, FURTHERMORE

    I can't go, and besides, I wouldn't go if I could.

  7. consequently | see definition»

    as a result : in view of the foregoing : ACCORDINGLY

    The words are often confused and are consequently misused.

  8. conversely | see definition»

    in a contrasting or opposite way —used to introduce a statement that contrasts with a previous statement or presents a differing interpretation or possibility

    Large objects appear to be closer. Conversely, small objects seem farther away.

  9. even so | see definition»

    used to introduce a statement that is somehow different from what has just been said

    These problems are not as bad as they were. Even so, there is much more work to be done.

  10. even though | see definition»

    used as a stronger way to say "though" or "although"

    I'm planning to go even though it may rain.

  11. further | see definition»

    in addition : MOREOVER

    I had some money to invest, and, further, I realized that the risk was small.

  12. furthermore | see definition»

    in addition to what precedes : BESIDES —used to introduce a statement that supports or adds to a previous statement

    These findings seem plausible. Furthermore, several studies have confirmed them.

  13. hence | see definition»

    because of a preceding fact or premise : for this reason : THEREFORE

    He was a newcomer and hence had no close friends here.

  14. henceforth | see definition»

    from this point on : starting now

    She announced that henceforth she would be running the company.

  15. however | see definition»

    in spite of that : on the other hand —used when you are saying something that is different from or contrasts with a previous statement

    I'd like to go; however, I'd better not.

  16. in addition | see definition»

    as something more : BESIDES —used for adding information to a statement

    The city has the largest population in the country and in addition is a major shipping port.

  17. indeed | see definition»

    all things considered : as a matter of fact —used when making a statement that adds to or strengthens a previous statement

    He likes to have things his own way; indeed, he can be very stubborn.

  18. lest | see definition»

    for fear that —often used after an expression denoting fear or apprehension

    He was concerned lest anyone think that he was guilty.

  19. likewise | see definition»

    in addition : ALSO —often used to introduce a statement that adds to and is related to a previous statement

    She is an acclaimed painter who is likewise a sculptor.

  20. meanwhile | see definition»

    at or during the same time : in the meantime

    You can set the table. Meanwhile, I'll start making dinner.

  21. moreover | see definition»

    BESIDES, FURTHER : in addition to what has been said —used to introduce a statement that supports or adds to a previous statement

    It probably wouldn't work. Moreover, it would be very expensive to try it.

  22. nevertheless | see definition»

    in spite of that : HOWEVER

    It was a predictable, but nevertheless funny, story.

  23. nonetheless | see definition»

    in spite of what has just been said : NEVERTHELESS

    The hike was difficult, but fun nonetheless.

  24. notwithstanding | see definition»

    without being prevented by (something) : despite—used to say that something happens or is true even though there is something that might prevent it from happening or being true

    Notwithstanding their youth and inexperience, the team won the championship.

  25. otherwise | see definition»

    if not : or else

    Finish your dinner. Otherwise, you won't get any dessert.

  26. rather | see definition»

    more correctly speaking —used to introduce a statement that corrects what you have just said

    We can take the car, or rather, the van.

  27. still | see definition»

    in spite of that —used to say that something happens or is true even though there is something that might prevent it from happening or being true

    I tried again and still I failed.

  28. thereby | see definition»

    by that : by that means

    He signed the contract, thereby forfeiting his right to the property.

  29. therefore | see definition»

    for that reason : because of that

    This tablet is thin and light and therefore very convenient to carry around.

  30. thereupon | see definition»

    immediately after that

    The committee reviewed the documents and thereupon decided to accept the proposal.

  31. thus | see definition»

    because of this or that : HENCE, CONSEQUENTLY

    This detergent is highly concentrated and thus you will need to dilute it.

  32. whereas | see definition»

    while on the contrary —used to make a statement that describes how two people, groups, etc., are different

    Some of these species have flourished, whereas others have struggled.

  33. yet | see definition»

    NEVERTHELESS, HOWEVER —used to introduce a statement that adds something to a previous statement and usually contrasts with it in some way

    It was pouring rain out, yet his clothes didn’t seem very wet.



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