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clear communication: transition words

(A similar topic is discussed in French in the article COMMUNICATION CLAIRE : MOTS DE LIAISON.)

Note: The words with an asterisk (*) in the list below may be hard for some readers to understand.

Addition, continuation

additionally*
afterward(s)
again
along with
also
and
another
as previously stated*
as stated earlier
as well
at last
at length
at the same time
besides
embracing
encompassing*
equally important
eventually
extending
finally
first
for example
for instance
furthermore*
in addition
in closing
including
in conclusion*
in fact
initially
lastly
later
likewise
meanwhile
moreover*
next
other
overall
presently*
second
similarly
since
soon
subsequently*
supplementing*
then
therefore
thus*
to begin with
too
while

Cause and effect

accordingly*
and so
as a result
because
consequently*
due to this
for
hence*
if…then
in view of
owing to
seeing that
since
so
thanks to
then
therefore
thus*
under the circumstances

Comparison, similarity

again
also
and
as
as a matter of fact
as well
besides
for example
for instance
furthermore*
in addition
indeed*
in other words
in particular
in the same way
like
likewise
namely
particularly
similarly
specifically
that is
that is to say
while

Concession

admittedly
albeit*
although
and yet
apart from
aside from
at any rate
at least
but even so
despite (this)
even though
except for
granted that
however
in any case
in spite of
nevertheless*
nonetheless*
notwithstanding*
of course
other than
regardless
still
though
while it may be true
yet

Conclusion, summary

accordingly*
all in all
as a final point
as a result
as noted
because
briefly
consequently*
eventually
finally
first
given these points
immediately
in brief
in conclusion*
in short
in summary
in the end
last
lastly
later
meanwhile
next
on the whole
presently*
previously*
since
soon
subsequently*
then
therefore
thus*
to put it briefly
to summarize
to sum up
while

Condition

as long as
even if
even though
given that
granted that
granting that
if
in case
in the event that*
only if
on the condition that
provided that*
providing that*
so long as
unless

Consequence, result

accordingly*
as a consequence*
as a result
because
consequently*
due to
for this reason
hence*
if not
in other words
in that case
otherwise
owing to
since
so
so that
that being the case
that is
that is to say
then
therefore
through
thus*
under the circumstances
with the result that

Contrast

although
but
contrarily*
conversely*
despite (this)
even though
however
in contrast
in spite of
instead
moreover*
nevertheless*
notwithstanding*
on the contrary
on the other hand
or
otherwise
rather
still
unlike
whereas*
while this may be true
yet

Emphasis

above all
again
also
besides
certainly
chiefly*
equally important
even more
for this reason
furthermore*
in addition
indeed*
in fact
in truth
more important
of course
really
surely
to repeat
truly

Illustration

as a case in point
as an illustration
by way of example*
by way of illustration*
for example
for instance
in other words
in particular
namely
specifically
such as
that is
that is to say
thus*
to illustrate

Personal opinion

as far as I am concerned
as for me
as I see it
from my point of view
from where I stand
I believe
I consider
I feel
in my opinion
in my view
I question whether
I think
it is my belief
it seems to me that
let me say
personally
that/this is my viewpoint

Sequence

after
afterward(s)
at first
at last
at length
at the same time
before
earlier
eventually
finally
following
initially
later
meanwhile
next
now
once
originally
presently*
shortly
soon
subsequent*
then
while

Time

about
after
afterward(s)
another
as soon as
at
at last
at length
at the same time
before
concurrently*
during
eventually
finally
first
formerly
generally
immediately
in the interim*
in the meantime
last
later
meanwhile
never
next
next week
now
once
ordinarily
presently*
previously*
rarely
second
shortly
simultaneously*
soon
subsequently*
then
third
to begin with
today
tomorrow
until
usually
when suddenly
while
yesterday