Good transition words to use

good transition wordsSometimes good transition words are hard to come by. Many people stumble when using transition words, and how to use them. In this post I’ll give you some good transition words you can use in an oral conversation.

I’ve created this chart for you to help you see how you can use the transition words.

Good transition words chart

Chronology or steps

  • To begin
  • first
  • second
  • third
  • next
  • after that
  • afterwards
  • then
  • finally
  • as soon as
  • before
  • after
  • whenever
  • when
  • until

Further information

  • In addition
  • as well
  • moreover
  • furthermore
  • what’s more
  • also
  • in addition to
  • as well as

Giving examples

  • For example
  • for instance
  • to illustrate
  • specifically
  • as can be observed
  • such as

Contrast of ideas

  • In contrast
  • however
  • yet
  • nevertheless
  • nonetheless
  • on the other hand
  • on the contrary
  • although
  • even though
  • though
  • while
  • whereas

Similar ideas

  • Likewise
  • similarly

Cause, purpose or result

  • As a result
  • consequently
  • that is why
  • therefore
  • thus
  • hence
  • because
  • since
  • as
  • so that
  • in order to


  • Clearly
  • obviously
  • in fact
  • indeed
  • certainly
  • undoubtedly
  • definitely


  • In brief
  • that is
  • to reiterate
  • in other words


  • To conclude
  • in conclusion
  • to sum up
  • in short

Transition word video

Here is a quick video showing how to use transition words.

If you can’t see the video, click here.

Final thoughts

I hope this list of transition words helps you with your oral conversation. If you want to know what are transition words check out my other post.

Good transition words are great for oral exams. They can help show how well you can use English. Also, they help you lead your listener through your arguments or reasoning.

If you are doing the PSC language exam, transition words will help you when you’re doing the oral tests. As I mentioned, transition words help you develop your ideas in an easy-to-understand way.

You can also use transition words when you write, and that will increase the level of your writing. Just make sure to use them correctly.

What transition words do you use? Leave a comment.


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Iain Robson

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2 thoughts on “Good transition words to use”

  1. Great ideas! Transition words are often difficult to come up with, but you’ve provided a good list here. Thanks for the post!

    1. I\’m glad you found it helpful.

      I originally posted it for my students to use as a reference piece.

      A lot of them ask what are some good transition words, so I came up with the chart.

      Thanks for stopping by

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