The transition words or phrases connect ideas and also introduce contrast, comparison, effect, clarification, summary, illustrations, agreement, purpose, result, conclusion, etc. Below is a list of commonly used transitional words or phrases in English which can be used by students or teachers to find the right expressions. 

Transitional Words or Phrases In English
Transitional Words or Phrases In English

Transitional Words or Phrases In English

  • He is not only a nice guy, but also a nice computer operator.

Following Transition words are used to show agreement, similarity and addition.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
As well asHe performs as well as the students.TooHe has a perfect job, too.
As a matter of factHe is not a student. As a matter of fact, he does not like studying.ThenYou have to study, then you will be able to compete.

These transition words are used to show contrast, opposition and limitation.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
Of course….butOf course, you are right, but I can’t do it.OtherwiseThey should play well otherwise they’ll lose.
On the other handHe loves to work; on the other hand the doctor has restricted him from working.BesidesThey can take time besides they have to make count of the time they take.

The following transition words or phrases in English present specific conditions, intentions and purpose.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
In order toHe talks in order to improve his speaking.So thatHe tries hard so that he is successful.
In the event thatHe seemed so good in the event that he made his century.With this intentionI will get the position; with this intention, he is going to challenge his rivals.

The following transition words are used to give examples, support or to emphasis on the idea.

Transition words

ExampleTransition wordsExample
For instancePakistan exports sport goods. For instance, bat, ball, football, etc.With this in mindHe will win, with this in mind he entered the competition
Important to realizeIt is important to realize that you have insufficient balance.In fact

He lies a lot. In fact he is a liar.

These transition words are used to express effect, consequence and result:
Note: for and because are used before the cause or reason. The others are used before consequence/result.  

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
ForHe works hard for promotion.BecauseHe likes black because it is professional.
ThusHe could not beat his brother thus he is out of the game.In that caseHe committed crime; in that case he was arrested by the police.

For expressing restatement, conclusion or summary, we use the following transition words: 

Transition words

ExampleTransition wordsExample
UltimatelyAfter a lot of hard work, ultimately, he got the deserved position.In either caseYou do it or not, in either case you will be in loss.
To sum upHadia washed the dishes, Asghar collected the plates, Mehrin arranged the hall, to sum up they all did their hard work.OverallTheir overall performances were good in all the matches of tournament.

The following Transition words are used to talk about time, sequence and chronology.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
Sooner or laterSooner or later, you have to perform.As long asThere is a hope as long as he plays for us.
As Soon asHe killed him as soon as he got Khaliq killed his cousin.All of a suddenEverything was going well, all of a sudden something exploded.

These Transition words are used to mention place and locations.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
In the middleHe interrupted in the middle of class.BetweenThe village is in between the two mountains.
NextHe sits next to his sister.AcrossHe came across the road after a lot of difficulties.