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
- He is not only a nice guy, but also a nice computer operator.
Following Transition words are used to show agreement, similarity and addition.
|As well as
|He performs as well as the students.
|He has a perfect job, too.
|As a matter of fact
|He is not a student. As a matter of fact, he does not like studying.
|You have to study, then you will be able to compete.
These transition words are used to show contrast, opposition and limitation.
|Of course, you are right, but I can’t do it.
|They should play well otherwise they’ll lose.
|On the other hand
|He loves to work; on the other hand the doctor has restricted him from working.
|They 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.
|In order to
|He talks in order to improve his speaking.
|He tries hard so that he is successful.
|In the event that
|He seemed so good in the event that he made his century.
|With this intention
|I 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.
|Pakistan exports sport goods. For instance, bat, ball, football, etc.
|With this in mind
|He will win, with this in mind he entered the competition
|Important to realize
|It is important to realize that you have insufficient balance.
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.
|He works hard for promotion.
|He likes black because it is professional.
|He could not beat his brother thus he is out of the game.
|In that case
|He committed crime; in that case he was arrested by the police.
For expressing restatement, conclusion or summary, we use the following transition words:
|After a lot of hard work, ultimately, he got the deserved position.
|In either case
|You do it or not, in either case you will be in loss.
|To sum up
|Hadia washed the dishes, Asghar collected the plates, Mehrin arranged the hall, to sum up they all did their hard work.
|Their overall performances were good in all the matches of tournament.
The following Transition words are used to talk about time, sequence and chronology.
|Sooner or later
|Sooner or later, you have to perform.
|As long as
|There is a hope as long as he plays for us.
|As Soon as
|He killed him as soon as he got Khaliq killed his cousin.
|All of a sudden
|Everything was going well, all of a sudden something exploded.
These Transition words are used to mention place and locations.
|In the middle
|He interrupted in the middle of class.
|The village is in between the two mountains.
|He sits next to his sister.
|He came across the road after a lot of difficulties.