Transition Signals

Transition signals are not related to physics or astronomy. These are words that are used when we want to connect one sentence with another to show a continuity of ideas, and to show a smooth flow (transition) from one sentence and paragraph to the next. Transition signals have the following functions:

(a) to add information:

  • in addition, furthermore, moreover, besides, in fact

(b) to contrast information:

  • on the other hand, in contrast, nevertheless, on the contrary, despite, however

(c) to compare information:

  • similarly, likewise, in the same way

(d) to order information by time:

  • after that, before that, then, at first, firstly, secondly, next, lastly, eventually, finally

(e) to show cause or effect:

  • as a result, consequently, therefore, thus, hence

(f) to show concession:

  • of course, naturally

(g) to conclude:

  • in conclusion, to summarise

(h) to exemplify information:

  • for example, for instance

It is important to note that you should never overuse transition signals just because you have learnt it, or you believe that it makes your paragraph more interesting. Use transition signals sparingly and naturally. I shall provide some examples on the usage in the next post.