Why and how to use Transition words in an article?

Transition Word

What are transition words?

Transition words are words like ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘so’ and ‘because’. They show your reader the relationship between phrases, sentences, or even paragraphs.

Why to use Transition words?

When you use them, you make it easier for your readers to understand how your thoughts and ideas are connected. What is more, they prepare your reader for what’s coming. 

Let’s consider an example:

I pushed the domino. As a result, it fell over.

When you start a sentence with ‘as a result’, your reader will immediately know two things:

  1. What happened in the first sentence caused something;
  2. The second sentence is going to describe the effect.

By using the phrase ‘as a result’ here, you show that the two separate sentences are part of one process. Without having even read the rest of the sentence, your reader can already guess what’s coming. In a way, transition words are the glue that holds your text together. Without them, your text is a collection of sentences. With them, the individual parts come together to form one whole.

Transition words don’t always have to be placed at the beginning of a sentence. Consider the following examples.

He’s a very nice guy. He took us out to dinner yesterday, for instance.


In this example, ‘for instance’ is placed at the end of the sentence. Nonetheless, it still provides the reader with information as to how the two sentences are related.

I enjoy his company because he always tells interesting stories.

In this example, ‘because’ doesn’t connect two sentences, but two clauses. Transition words can connect anything from short phrases to entire paragraphs.

Exploring with an example

Let’s use a more concrete example. Below, you see Text A and Text B. Text A contains no transition words. On the surface, Text B is the exact same, only we’ve added transition words to make it easier to read.

Text A
I’m going to discuss a few reasons why practice is important to learning skills. The only way to truly master a skill is by actually doing what you’ll have to do in the real world. I think practice can be a fun way of putting in the necessary hours. There are some people who will disagree. It is said that people tend to remember only 10-20% of what they’ve heard or read. That number rises to as much as 90% when you put theory to practice. Following up explanation with practice is key to mastering a skill.

Text B
In this paragraph
, I’m going to discuss a few reasons why practice is important to mastering skills. Firstly, the only way to truly learn a skill is by actually doing what you’ll have to do in the real world.

Secondly, I think practice can be a fun way of putting in the necessary hours. There are, however, some people who will disagree.

Thirdly, and most importantly, it is said that people tend to remember only 10-20% of what they read or hear. Moreover, that number rises to as much as 90% when you put theory to practice. In conclusion, following up explanation with practice is key to mastering a skill.


Text A is not a terrible paragraph. However, the differences are clear as day. Text B does a better job of showing there are three separate arguments to support the statement with a definite conclusion.

The reader never has to wonder whether a sentence still belongs to the previous argument or a new one. Moreover, it even shows the relationship between sentences within one argument. Therefore, people are going to find it easier to read this text and will stay on the page longer. And this is just one short, conveniently arranged paragraph!

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Types of Transition words

Transition words can be divided into several categories, based on the type of transition you want to make. There are often several words available for one transition. Sometimes they mean exactly the same, sometimes there are slight differences. If you’re not a native speaker or struggle with language in general, you’ll have to study and practice their use so that you can make better choices.

TransitionExample word/phraseExample sentence
Cause and effectTherefore, as a result, so, consequentlyI’m tired. Therefore, I’m going to bed.
ClarificationThat is to say, in other words, to clarifyWe’re letting you go. In other words, you’re fired.
ContrastBut, however, on the other handI am not fond of fruit. However, I do like bananas.
ExampleFor example, for instanceIn the evening, I like to relax. For instance, I enjoy watching TV.
EmphasisAbove all, most importantly, certainlyThere are many reasons to exercise regularly. Above all, it keeps you healthy.
EnumerationFirstly/secondly, further, and, moreover, in additionToday, I’m going to write a post. In addition, I’m recording some video lessons.
TimeMeanwhile, during, subsequently, after thatI’ll start by telling you what transition words are. After that, I’ll tell you why you should always use them.
SimilarityLikewise, similarly, in the same veinShe tried really hard to entertain her guests. Similarly, he put all his heart and soul in cooking a great dinner.
Summarize/concludeIn conclusion, to sum up, in shortIn conclusion, transition words are an important aspect of SEO copywriting.

See the list below for examples of transition words in English.

Single wordsMultiple wordsTwo parts
accordinglyabove allboth … and
additionallyafter allif … then
afterwardafter thatnot only … but also
afterwardsall in allneither … nor
albeitall of a suddenwhether … or
alsoall things consideredno sooner … than
althoughanalogous to
altogetheralthough this may be true
anotheranother key point
basicallyas a matter of fact
becauseas a result
beforeas an illustration
besidesas can be seen
butas has been noted
certainlyas I have noted
chieflyas I have said
comparativelyas I have shown
concurrentlyas long as
consequentlyas much as
contrarilyas shown above
converselyas soon as
correspondinglyas well as
despiteat any rate
doubtedlyat first
duringat last
e.g.at least
earlierat length
emphaticallyat the present time
equallyat the same time
especiallyat this instant
eventuallyat this point
evidentlyat this time
explicitlybalanced against
finallybeing that
firstlyby all means
followingby and large
formerlyby comparison
forthwithby the same token
fourthlyby the time
furthercompared to
furthermorebe that as it may
generallycoupled with
hencedifferent from
henceforthdue to
howeverequally important
i.e.even if
identicallyeven more
indeedeven so
insteadeven though
lastfirst thing to remember
lastlyfor example
laterfor fear that
lestfor instance
likewisefor one thing
markedlyfor that reason
meanwhilefor the most part
moreoverfor the purpose of
neverthelessfor the same reason
nonethelessfor this purpose
norfor this reason
notwithstandingfrom time to time
obviouslygiven that
occasionallygiven these points
otherwiseimportant to realize
onceonce in a while
overallin a word
particularlyin addition
presentlyin another case
previouslyin any case
ratherin any event
regardlessin brief
secondlyin case
shortlyin conclusion
significantlyin contrast
similarlyin detail
simultaneouslyin due time
sincein effect
soin either case
soonin essence
specificallyin fact
stillin general
straightawayin light of
subsequentlyin like fashion
surelyin like manner
surprisinglyin order that
thanin order to
thenin other words
thereafterin particular
thereforein reality
thereuponin short
thirdlyin similar fashion
thoughin spite of
thusin sum
tillin summary
undeniablyin that case
undoubtedlyin the event that
unlessin the final analysis
unlikein the first place
unquestionablyin the fourth place
untilin the hope that
whenin the light of
wheneverin the long run
whereasin the meantime
whilein the same fashion

in the same way

in the second place

in the third place

in this case

in this situation

in time

in truth

in view of

most compelling evidence

most important

must be remembered

not to mention

now that

of course

on account of

on balance

on condition that

on one hand

on the condition that

on the contrary

on the negative side

on the other hand

on the positive side

on the whole

on this occasion

only if

owing to

point often overlooked

prior to

provided that

seeing that

so as to

so far

so long as

so that

sooner or later

such as

summing up

take the case of

that is

that is to say

then again

this time

to be sure

to begin with

to clarify

to conclude

to demonstrate

to emphasize

to enumerate

to explain

to illustrate

to list

to point out

to put it another way

to put it differently

to repeat

to rephrase it

to say nothing of

to sum up

to summarize

to that end

to the end that

to this end

together with

under those circumstances

until now

up against

up to the present time

vis a vis

what’s more

while it may be true

while this may be true

with attention to

with the result that

with this in mind

with this intention

with this purpose in mind

with attention to

with the result that

with this in mind

with this intention

with this purpose in mind

without a doubt

without delay

without doubt

without reservation


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