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# 4.9: Groups of Transition Words by Group

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Groups of Transition Words by General Meaning

These groups of words all basically have the same meaning although they are different parts of speech.  For example, but, however, and although show that two parts of a sentence are opposite.  But is a conjunction, However is a conjunctive adverb, and Although is an adverbial.  Also, they all require different punctuation depending on where and how they are used in a sentence.  This is a problem not only for foreign people but also for native speakers of English.

Difference, Contrast, Concession

However, otherwise, nevertheless, nonetheless, conversely, instead, on the contrary, in contrast, on the other hand, still, yet, whereas, fortunately, unfortunately

Reason or Result

As a result, consequently, as a consequence, accordingly, hence, therefore, thus, for this (or that) reason

Time or Sequence

Earlier, previously, later, meanwhile, concurrently, currently, presently, lastly, finally

Example or Illustration

As a matter of fact, in fact, for example (e.g.), for instance, namely, that is (i.e.), in particular, a case in point, indeed

Emphasis, Clarification, or Restatement of an Idea

Indeed, in fact, at any rate, in other words, of course, to be sure, surely, all in all, altogether, on the whole, in other words, to put it differently, to rephrase, to paraphrase, to clarify, once again, in short, in brief, simply stated, in retrospect

Additional Information

In addition, additionally, also, furthermore, likewise, moreover, besides

Conclusion

in conclusion, to conclude, in summary, to summarize, in sum, to sum up, finally, therefore, thus, hence, in closing, to recap, to recapitulate, in short,    lastly

4.9: Groups of Transition Words by Group is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Don Bissonnette.

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