Transitional words are words that help to create a coherent relationship in articles or write-ups generally. They help to link words, phrases or clauses together. They help you as a writer to present your words smoothly to your readers.
What are the specific functions of transitional words, phrases or clauses?
They add information, emphasize ideas and agree with preceding material. Examples are as follows: in like manner, in addition, coupled with, in the same fashion / way, equally important, furthermore, additionally, correspondingly, by the same token, together with, as well as and so on
They point our alternatives and show that there is a switch in the line of thought or reasoning. In other words, they show that there is a contrast in the opinion of the preceding material. Examples are as follows: on the contrary, even though, although, but, regardless, however, otherwise, unlike, in contrast, albeit, different from, besides, notwithstanding and so on.
They are used to summarize points, as well as indicate a general statement of ideas. They are as follows: Ultimately, all together, in conclusion, obviously, in the final analysis, in summary, in brief, in essence, on the whole, in fact, after all, for the most part, all in all and so on.
There you have it.