What are transition words and how to use them successfully?

Transitional words are the words that you are using to connect two sentences, phrases, or ideas. As the name suggests, these words are used to make a smooth transition between two separate concepts, make them feel connected, and make your writing flow.

Few of the most commonly used transition words are - and as, unlike, though, although.

While the words are used to establish a relation or connection, their inaccurate use can be the biggest bummer in your writing. Therefore, to use them accurately, you should first know the correct usage of each one of them.

Here are few ways in which you can use transition words successfully-

  1. Words that convey more informationLike and, in addition, besides, moreover, etc. are used to add more information to the previously mentioned sentence. E.g., Rachel went out and met her friends.
  2. Words to state comparison- Similarly, like, likewise, in the manner, etc. are a few of the many words used to compare two ideas, sentences, or concepts. E.g., Like her mother, she is also a great cook.
  3. Words to show conclusion: After stating an idea, words like finally, for example, to conclude, to sum up, etc., help reach a certain conclusion. E.g., To conclude, I want to say that the trip was a great experience.
  4. Words to show contrast- Some words can help you state the contrast between two objects or concepts. Few of such words are - however, although, though, in contrast to, in spite of, etc. E.g., Although Trevor was sick, he helped his mother with household chores.
  5. Words to state obvious truth- Sometimes, while stating an idea, to express its generic nature or universality, you need words that can help you the same. Such words include- Of course, naturally, undoubtedly, without a doubt, etc. E.g., There is no doubt that dogs are man's best friend.

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