Writing Tips for Creating an ‘A’ Caliber Essay Part 2

So, as promised in the previous post, here is a list of some common transitional devices (also called connective words) that can be used to cue your reader in a given way.


again, also, and, and then, besides, equally important, finally, first, further, furthermore, in addition, in the first place, lastly, moreover, next, second, still, too, what is more

cause or effect

accordingly, as a result, because, consequently, due to, since, so, therefore, thus


also, by the same token, just as, likewise, similarly, in the same way


although, although this may be true, and yet, at the same time, but at the same time, compared to, conversely, despite that, even so, even though, for all that, however, in contrast, in spite of, instead, meanwhile, nevertheless, notwithstanding, on the contrary, on the other hand, otherwise, regardless, still, though, whereas, yet


after all, as an illustration, even, for example, for instance, in particular, in this case, in this situation, indeed, in fact, in other words, in short, it is true, of course, namely, specifically, that is, to illustrate, to demonstrate, thus, truly

a time sequence

after a while, afterward, again, also, and then, as long as, at last, at length, at that time, before, besides, earlier, eventually, finally, formerly, further, furthermore, in addition, in the first place, in the past, last, lately, meanwhile, moreover, next, now, presently, second, shortly, simultaneously, since, so far, soon, still, subsequently, then, thereafter, too, until, until now, when


all in all, altogether, as has been said, as has been shown, finally, in brief, in conclusion, in other words, in short, in simpler terms, in summary, lastly, on the whole, taking everything into account, that is, therefore, to summarize, to sum up