Transitional Words/Expressions to Use in Writing
|To show…||Words/Expressions to Use|
|Similarity||also, in the same way, just as, likewise, similarly|
|Exception/Contrast||But, however, in spite of, on the one hand, on the other hand, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, in contrast, on the contrary, still yet|
|Sequence/Order||First, second, third…, next, then, finally|
|Time||After, afterward, at last, before, currently, during, earlier, immediately, later, meanwhile, now, recently, simultaneously, subsequently, then|
|Example||For example, for instance, namely, specifically, to illustrate|
|Emphasis||Even, indeed, in fact, of course, truly, without question, clearly,|
|Place/Position||Above, adjacent, below, beyond, here, in front, in back, nearby, there|
|Cause and Effect||Accordingly, consequently, hence, so, therefore, thus|
|Additional Support or Evidence||Additionally, again, also, and, as well, besides, equally important, further, furthermore, in addition, moreover, then|
|Conclusion/Summary||Finally, in a word, in brief, briefly, in conclusion, in the end, in the final analysis, on the whole, thus, to conclude, to summarize, in sum, to sum up, in summary|
Useful Phrases for Writing Argumentative Essays
To list arguments in the main body: In the first place, First of all, To start with, To begin with, Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, Finally, In addition (to this), Furthermore, Moreover, Besides, last but not least
Presenting arguments for: The main/first/most important advantage of ..., One major advantage of ..., A further advantage ..., One/Another/An additional advantage of ..., One point of view in favour of ..., It is often suggested/believed/argued that ..., Some/Many people suggest/feel/argue that ..., Some/Many people are in favour of/are convinced that ...,
Presenting arguments against: One major disadvantage of ..., The main/most important disadvantage/drawback of ..., One/Another/An additional disadvantage of ..., One point/argument against ..., Some/Many people are against ...,
Presenting examples, causes and results: for example/instance, such as, like, in particular,therefore, for this reason, because, as, since, as a result,
To add more points to the same topic: what is more, furthermore, also, in addition to, besides, apart from this/that, not to mention the fact that, etc.
To make contrasting points: on the other hand, however, despite/in spite of (the fact), while, nevertheless, even though, although, it can be argued that, one can argue that, etc.
To conclude: to conclude/sum up, all in all, all things considered, in conclusion, on the whole, taking everything into account, taking all this into account/consideration, above all, as was previously stated, etc.
Useful Phrases for Writing Opinion Essays
To list points: In the first place, first of all, to start with, in the first place, etc.
To add more points: what is more, another major reason, also, furthermore, moreover, in addition to, besides, apart from this, not to mention the fact that, etc.
To introduce conflicting viewpoints: It is argued that, people argue that, opponents of this view say, there are people who oppose, etc.
To express opinion: I believe, In my opinion, I think, In my view, I strongly believe, etc.