Unit 24: Transition Words and Phrases Part 1

Transition words connect two sentences or clauses by defining their relationship to one another. 

Transition word questions are the single most commonly missed question type in the reading and writing section.  However (see what we did there?), with some study and practice you can master these as well. 

In this unit, we’ll just focus on learning these phrases. We will tackle dealing with specific digital SAT questions in a later unit.

Here is a list of common transition terms and their grouping.

Contrasting Words/Phrases
However
Although
On the other hand
Alternatively
Instead
Nevertheless
Regardless
Besides
By contrast
In any case
Despite this
Yet
At any rate
Though
Conversely

Analogous Words/Phrases
Similarly
Like this
By the same token

Summary Words/Phrases
In summary
In other words
In conclusion
In short

Example Words/Phrases
For example
For instance
Particularly
Specifically

Additive Words/Phrases
In addition
Moreover
In fact
Furthermore
Indeed
Finally

Temporally (Time) Related Words / Phrases
Next
Then
Later
Subsequently
Meanwhile

Causation Words / Phrases
Consequently
Accordingly
Thus
As a result
Hence
Therefore
To this end / To these ends

Let’s go to the next topic to go over some more specific definitions and examples of these transition words. Once you feel that you are familiar these words and their groupings, try the practice problems to see if you can correctly categorize some of these words/phrases correctly.