Can you logically make connections between ideas?
Use these words to make sure your meaning is clear.
CONTRAST: but, however, even so, nevertheless, on the other hand, whereas, yet, although
COMPARE: just as, just like, likewise, similarly, in the same way
LIST: also, in addition, furthermore, moreover, and
CAUSE-EFFECT: as a result, so, therefore, thus, because, consequently,
SEQUENCE: subsequently, then, later, afterward, next, first, second, last, finally
EXAMPLE: for example, for instance, such as
SUMMARY: in conclusion, in short, to summarize
Tip: avoid the use of ‘then’. It generally weakens writing.
Tip: Only use a transition word if necessary to clarify the meaning of a sentence or paragraph. Much of the time, you need transition words only in your drafts so as to ensure you are thinking clearly. When you write your polished version, you can often omit those words, especially ‘then’.