Transition Word List for Elementary and Middle School Students
Transition words connect ideas within a text. They show the relationship between words, sentences, and paragraphs. Transition words can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence. There are many different categories of transition words. Eight types are listed below.
List/Add: Transition words used to introduce new ideas or expand on a topic
Time/Order: Transition words used to show when something happened or will happen
Cause/Result: Transition words used to show the cause or result of a specific action
Compare/Contrast: Transition words used to show similarities and differences
Example: Transition words used to identify evidence or an example
Clarify: Transition words used to emphasize or further explain an idea
Conclude: Transition words used to summarize or restate ideas
Location: Transition words used to show the where something is located or the physical relationship between two things
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|first, second, third||to begin with||in addition|
|first of all||now||while|
|at the same time||presently||initially|
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|immediately||at last||until now|
|as a result||therefore||since|
|in contrast||on the other hand||regardless|
|nevertheless||in the same way||likewise|
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|as well as||similarly||for example|
|for instance||according to||as stated|
|to illustrate||in other words||to clarify|
|to explain||in conclusion||to conclude|
|in summary||to summarize||clearly|
|all in all||overall||in short|
|nearby||in front of||next to|
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