Transition Words

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 Section 2.  However (see what we did there?), with some study and practice you can master these as well.  

Strategy:

  1. Read the sentence or idea before the transition term. Think about what was said and come up with your own summary in a few words.  
  2. Read the sentence or idea after the transition term and summarize it in your own words.
  3. Evaluate the relationship between the two summaries. Are they contrasting ideas? Did the first idea cause the second idea to happen? Choose the answer choice that reflects this relationship.

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
To this end / To these ends

Temporally Related Words / Phrases
Next
Then
Later
Subsequently
Meanwhile

Causation Words / Phrases
Consequently
Accordingly
Thus
As a result
Hence
Therefore