Transition or signal words are words or phrases that help readers move smoothly through a text. Transitions contribute to the overall flow of your writing. They can be used to join ideas, like a bridge, or to signal a shift in the direction of your thinking, much like a road sign. The table below shows you some common transitional words and phrases, what they’re used for, and examples of how to use them in a sentence. Use transitions to knit your writing together, at the beginning of a new paragraph, or to link supporting details within a paragraph.
This is only a partial list. Do you use other transition words or phrases in your writing?