When to use transition words

Add a sentence or two to the end of each paragraph or the beginning of the next paragraph to explicitly show how the ideas in each paragraph relate to one another.

Transitional phrases serve as a link between sections of your essay. They serve as indicators for the reader to understand your ideas. Transitional words or phrases support the flow of your ideas from one sentence to the next and from one paragraph to the next. Finally, transitional words seamlessly connect sentences and paragraphs so that there are no sudden changes in the order of ideas.


To Add:

and, again, and then, besides, equally important, finally, further, furthermore, nor, too, next, lastly, what's more, moreover, in addition, first (second, etc.)

To Compare:

whereas, but, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, by comparison, where, compared to, up against, balanced against, vis a vis, but, although, conversely, meanwhile, after all, in contrast, although this may be true

To Prove:

because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case, that is

To Show Exception:

yet, still, however, nevertheless, in spite of, despite, of course, once in a while, sometimes

To Show Time:

immediately, thereafter, soon, after a few hours, finally, then, later, previously, formerly, first (second, etc.), next, and then


Transition words illustrate relationships between other words and phrases. Although students are generally taught to use transition words at the beginning of sentences, this isn’t the only place they’re used. 

Generally, a transition word is the crux 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. You can also download our app from the playstore or visit our website.