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Transitional Words

  TRANSITIONAL PHRASES   

Some Text From: The Somerville Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States.

Opinion Writing:  Signal Words  

Introducing Your Opinion/Stance:

In my opinion,

I believe

It is my belief that

There is no doubt that

From my point of view

It seems to me that

 

I question whether

I (dis) agree with

I maintain that

 

 

 

 

Introducing Your Reasons:

First,  

In the first place,        Furthermore,

Secondly

Thirdly,        

Finally,      

Lastly,

 

 

Equally important

In the first place

Likewise

In addition,

Similarly,

Besides,         

Next,             

Moreover,   

Also,

 

Introducing Examples/Reasons:

For example,

In fact,

For instance,

As evidence,

In support of this,

Counterargument:

 (What “they” say)

Opponents may

I realize some may

I understand others

Even though some

Although some may

Some people

Opponents may

Your idea to ____ deserves some merit

 

 

Say

Believe

Feel

Maintain

Want

Favour

Support

Argue

State

Rebuttal:

 (What I say)

However,

Yet,

But, I doubt

Yet, I question

On the other hand

Nevertheless

Even so,

In spite of this,

Conversely,

On the contrary,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concluding your argument:

For the reasons above,

As you can see,

As I have noted,

In other words,

On the whole,

In short,

Without a doubt,

Obviously,

Unquestionably,

In brief,

Undoubtedly,

 

 

 

Student, Teacher, and Textbook compiled lists:

Comparison

  • in the same way
  • by the same token
  • similarly
  • in like manner
  • likewise
  • in similar fashion

 

 

Contrast

 
  • yet
  • and yet
  • nevertheless
  • nonetheless
  • after all
  • but
  • however
  • though
  • otherwise
  • on the contrary
  • in contrast
  • notwithstanding
  • on the other hand
  • at the same time
 

Conclusion transitional words and phrases

    

in the final analysis

all things considered

as shown above

in the long run

given these points

as has been noted

in a word

for the most part

after all

in fact

in summary

in conclusion

in short

in brief

in essence

to summarize

on balance

altogether

overall

ordinarily

usually

by and large

to sum up

on the whole

in any event

in either case

all in all

       as can be seen

       generally speaking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sequencing transitional words and phrases

at the present time

from time to time

sooner or later

at the same time

up to the present time

to begin with

in due time

until now 

as soon as

in the meantime

in a moment

without delay

in the first place

all of a sudden

at this instant

immediately

quickly

finally

after

later

last

until

since

then

before

hence

since

when

once

about

next

now

formerly

suddenly

shortly

henceforth

whenever

eventually

meanwhile

further

during

first, second

in time

prior to

forthwith

straightaway

instantly

presently

occasionally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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