Transitional Words And Phrases: What Are They For?

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In writing, there are a lot of techniques you can use to make your readers understand what you’re talking about.  One of them is by using transitional words and phrases.  Ideally, these types of words are present to create powerful links between ideas; this is for your readers to understand the logic of your literature.  However, you also need to understand that not all of them has the same function.  These words have different meanings, connotations, and nuances.

Before using any transitional words (phrases), ensure that you understand what it means and its usage by heart.  In addition, double-check if your sentence is really projecting what you wanted to say.

SEO-wise, transitional words and phrases could be of good help.  It does not only make your readability and SEO meters good, but it also helps your  readers to fully understand what you mean.

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To start, you need to understand that there are different types of transitional words/phrases.  They have different uses, different ways of execution, and different meanings.


  • Also
  • In addition
  • Furthermore
  • Moreover
  • Besides
  • Even more
  • Finally
  • As a matter of fact


  • Such as
  • For example
  • For instance
  • Notably
  • In particular
  • To illustrate
  • Especially


  • In the same way
  • Likewise
  • By the same token
  • Equally
  • Similarly


  • As for this
  • As regards
  • Regarding
  • With regard to
  • The fact that
  • Speaking about


  • I mean
  • That is
  • In other words


  • That is
  • Specifically
  • Particularly
  • Thus
  • Namely


  • But
  • However
  • In contrast
  • Conversely
  • While
  • Whereas
  • On the other hand


  • Above all
  • Indeed
  • Besides
  • More importantly
  • Even more


  • Rather
  • Instead
  • At least


  • In either case
  • Whichever happens
  • Whatever happens
  • All the same
  • In any case
  • Either way


  • However
  • But even so
  • Nevertheless
  • Nonetheless
  • Even though
  • Despite
  • In spite of
  • Granted
  • Admittedly
  • Albeit


  • In the event that
  • Granted that
  • Providing that
  • If
  • Unless
  • Even if
  • Provided that
  • Given that
  • In case
  • As long as
  • So long as


  • Because
  • As a consequence
  • As a result
  • Consequently
  • In consequence
  • Hence
  • So that
  • For this reason
  • Accordingly


  • For the reason that
  • Because
  • Due to
  • Being that
  • Seeing that
  • Since
  • For
  • Inasmuch as
  • Owing to


  • For the purpose of
  • With this intention
  • With this in mind
  • In the hopes that
  • So that
  • Lest
  • So


  • Then
  • If so
  • In that case
  • Otherwise
  • If not
  • That being the case


  • Before
  • Previously
  • Afterwards
  • Eventually
  • Subsequently
  • Next


  • To conclude
  • As a final point
  • Eventually
  • In the end
  • Lastly
  • In conclusion


  • To begin with
  • Initially
  • At first
  • To start with
  • First of all


  • Incidentally
  • To change the topic
  • By the way


  • Anyhow
  • Anyway
  • To get back to the point


  • So
  • Thus
  • Then
  • In all
  • hence
  • In sum
  • to put it briefly
  • In summary
  • All in all
  • Overall
  • Briefly

With these transitional words and phrases, you would now be able to create literature that is easy to understand.  For online writers, using this can boost your SEO levels and readability, meaning, the chances of traffic will go up.  The whole point of you knowing this is for you to utilize it efficiently whether you’re writing for a paper, for work, or for a project.

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