Examples of transition words for addition include furthermore, moreover, likewise, similarly, and in agreement.
Transition words are used to help guide a reader. They act as signposts, showing how arguments flow together.
Addition-style transition words are used when you want to continue an argument (and strengthen it) by adding more points that support your previous ones.
List of Transition Words for Addition
- In addition
- On top of this
- Similar research has found
- In agreement
- In parallel
- Further support can be found in
- By the same token
- In fact
- Concurring research finds
- For example
- For instance
- In particular
- To illustrate the above point
- Subsequent studies support this
- For the reason
- To explain
- Supporting the above statement
- Such as
- Putting it another way
- By all means
- As an illustration
Examples in Sentences
Public transit is a positive public good because it lowers carbon emissions. Furthermore, it can help people who cannot afford a car to get around.
2. On top of this
Essay writing is very difficult because it requires you to have both research and writing skills. On top of this, students are often required to write essays on very difficult topics.
Travel is good for expanding the mind. Travelers get to experience new people and cultures which can increase knowledge and understanding. Moreover, it can help people develop empathy for others who are different from them.
Reading is good for the mind. It helps you gain a better vocabulary. Similarly, it helps you to think more creatively and learn new things.
5. Similar research has found
Climate change is undeniably contributed to by humans. Henderson (2021) conducted a literature review finding 99% of researchers agree on this topic. Similar research has also found a high degree of consensus within the academic literature (Jacobson, 2021; Howell, 2022).
Families are good for your soul. Parents can care for you when you’re sick. Likewise, siblings can be there by your side through thick and thin.
7. In agreement
Finishing high school is good for students. One study (Jackson, 2022) has found it leads to 24% high-income levels on average. In agreement, another study (Conner, 2020) has found that high school graduates earn over 1 million dollars more than non-high school graduates throughout their lives.
When and How to use Transition Words for Addition
Transition words are used in two main locations:
- At the beginning of a paragraph (see examples): Use addition transition words at the beginning of paragraphs to show that the paragraph agrees with and adds to the previous paragraph.
- In the middle of a paragraph: Use addition transition words in the middle of paragraphs to show that you are adding a new point in the paragraph that agrees with the general key idea that the paragraph addresses.
Transition words that add to a point you’re making are most often used in the middle of a paragraph.
This is because one paragraph should always present one key idea. Your transition word will add more examples or evidence to that key idea.
For example, if your key idea is “dogs are cute”, you may present two sub-points in the paragraph:
- Dogs are cute because of their happy faces.
- Dogs are cute because of their wagging tails.
You can include a transition word to transition between these two arguments that agree with one another, as shown below:
“Dogs are cute because of their happy faces. Their faces are irresistible and brighten up our days. In addition, their wagging tails make them look cute. The wagging tail is a sign of happiness and playfulness. Together, these two features of dogs make them undeniably cute animals.”
Other Types of Transition Words
- Compare and Contrast: In comparison, In contrast, However, Despite this, Other researchers argue, Unlike the above point, Conflicting research finds
- Cause and Effect: Therefore, Thus, As a result, This has led to, As a result, Because, Consequently, For that reason, Hence, For that reason
- List Order: First, Second, Third, Forth, In the first instance, In the second instance, Firstly, Secondly, Next, Lastly, Finally
- Time Order: Afterwards, Concurrently, Later, Meanwhile, Following, In the meantime, Simultaneously, Concomitantly, Subsequently
- Summary and Conclusion: Overall, In summary, On balance, In conclusion, All Things Considered, The Best Evidence Suggests.
- Evidence Transition Words: As can be seen in, To demonstrate, Evidence of this fact can be seen in, Proof of this point is found in, For instance, For one thing, Compelling evidence shows
- Emphasis: In fact, Indeed, Furthermore, Particularly, Surely, Undeniably, Indesputably, Confirms, Certifies, Proves
- Similarity: Similarly, In a similar way, Concurring research finds, likewise, equivalently, also, significantly
Transition words can be used to signpost to your reader what you’re going to say next.
They help to structure your arguments. They also show to your reader that you have a clear narrative in your writing, rather than just sticking a bunch of disconnected ideas together!
If you’re about to say something that will add to (and support) a previous point you’ve made, consider using one of the above transition words for addition, such as “In addition”, “Furthermore”, “Moreover”, “Likewise”, and “In agreement”.
Dr. Chris Drew is the founder of the Helpful Professor. He holds a PhD in education and has published over 20 articles in scholarly journals. He is the former editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.