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.


Posted on November 10, 2009, in Sentences and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. this is realllly good for blogging! =D

    • Thank you, Ken.
      If you find the contents useful, you could also get your friends to check out my blog. Who knows, they could learn a thing or two (or more).

      Cheers and keep coming back for more! 😀

  2. Mr Kevin, A very informative blog, quite useful and would be a good booster for this “half ripe” bananaz to ripen with better English. Thanks ക

    • Hi there, I’m glad to hear that the contents will ripen the bananas quickly so you could savour its sweetness 🙂
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      p/s: Please pass the word around to those who need a boost too. Thanks.

  3. Right if half ripe its not sweet and may be painful to the “ears” and not the tongue when English is not proper. ക

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