Following are some common transitional words and phrases, organized by the types of cues they offer to readers.

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Cues that lead the reader forward

To show addition: To show time:
Again Moreover At length Later
And Nor Immediately thereafter Previously
And then Too Soon Formerly
Besides Next After a few hours First, second
Equally important First, second, etc. Afterwards Next, etc.
Finally Lastly Finally And then
Further Furthermore Then  

Cues that make the reader stop and compare

But Notwithstanding Although
Yet On the other hand Although this is true
And yet On the contrary While this is true
However After all Conversely
Still For all that Simultaneously
Nevertheless In contrast Meanwhile
Nonetheless At the same time In the meantime

Cues that develop and summarize

To give examples: To emphasize: To repeat:
For instance Obviously In brief
For example In fact In short
To demonstrate As a matter of fact As I have said
To illustrate Indeed As I have noted
As an illustration In any case In other words
  In any event  
  That is  

To introduce conclusions: To summarize:
Hence In brief
Therefore On the whole
Accordingly Summing up
Consequently To conclude
Thus In conclusion
As a result