Writing Mini-Lessons: Some Transition Words and Phrases

Transition words and phrases help an essayist make the writing flow, providing the reader with smooth reading. An essay without transition words and phrases can give the reader whiplash, jerking him/her from one point to the next. Choose your transition words wisely from the lists below:

according to meanwhile
additionally most important
after nevertheless
again next
although nonetheless
another now
as soon as of course
as a ______ oh, sure
at the same time on the one hand
at this point on the other side
finally or consider
for years/months perhaps
fortunately questions: When? How? Where?
however similarly
immediately so
in any case somehow
in other words soon
in short still
in the meantime then
it is clear that ______ therefore
just consider this
likewise thus
maybe when


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