Double F Ending Words For Essays

Transitional Devices


A discussion of transition strategies and specific transitional devices.

Contributors:Ryan Weber, Karl Stolley
Last Edited: 2011-02-02 04:32:35

Transitional devices are like bridges between parts of your paper. They are cues that help the reader to interpret ideas a paper develops. Transitional devices are words or phrases that help carry a thought from one sentence to another, from one idea to another, or from one paragraph to another. And finally, transitional devices link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly so that there are no abrupt jumps or breaks between ideas.

There are several types of transitional devices, and each category leads readers to make certain connections or assumptions. Some lead readers forward and imply the building of an idea or thought, while others make readers compare ideas or draw conclusions from the preceding thoughts.

Here is a list of some common transitional devices that can be used to cue readers in a given way.

To Add:

and, again, and then, besides, equally important, finally, further, furthermore, nor, too, next, lastly, what's more, moreover, in addition, first (second, etc.)

To Compare:

whereas, but, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, by comparison, where, compared to, up against, balanced against, vis a vis, but, although, conversely, meanwhile, after all, in contrast, although this may be true

To Prove:

because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case, that is

To Show Exception:

yet, still, however, nevertheless, in spite of, despite, of course, once in a while, sometimes

To Show Time:

immediately, thereafter, soon, after a few hours, finally, then, later, previously, formerly, first (second, etc.), next, and then

To Repeat:

in brief, as I have said, as I have noted, as has been noted

To Emphasize:

definitely, extremely, obviously, in fact, indeed, in any case, absolutely, positively, naturally, surprisingly, always, forever, perennially, eternally, never, emphatically, unquestionably, without a doubt, certainly, undeniably, without reservation

To Show Sequence:

first, second, third, and so forth. A, B, C, and so forth. next, then, following this, at this time, now, at this point, after, afterward, subsequently, finally, consequently, previously, before this, simultaneously, concurrently, thus, therefore, hence, next, and then, soon

To Give an Example:

for example, for instance, in this case, in another case, on this occasion, in this situation, take the case of, to demonstrate, to illustrate, as an illustration, to illustrate

To Summarize or Conclude:

in brief, on the whole, summing up, to conclude, in conclusion, as I have shown, as I have said, hence, therefore, accordingly, thus, as a result, consequently

III. Words ending in “f” or "fe"
a. The first table includes words ending in "f", change the "f" to "v" and add "es".
The second table includes words ending in "fe", change the "fe" to "v" and add "es".
Note: Learn these first

1. calfcalves
2. elfelves
3. halfhalves
4. leafleaves
5. loafloaves
6. ourselfourselves
7. selfselves
8. sheafsheaves
9. shelfshelves
10. themselfthemselves
11. thiefthieves
12. wolfwolves
13. yourselfyourselves
14. lifelives
14a. afterlifeafterlives
14b. midlifemidlives
14c. nightlifenightlives
15. knifeknives
15a. penknifepenknives
16. wifewives
16a. housewifehousewives
16b. midwifemidwives

b. By learning the two tables above first, all other words ending in "f" or "fe" will add “s”, including proper nouns. These are names given to specific people, places, or things and they must begin with a capital letter.


c. Some have two forms of the plural.
(The words in bold are preferred by

dwarfdwarfs or dwarves
handkerchiefhandkerchiefs or handkerchieves
hoofhooves or hoofs
scarfscarfs or scarves
wharfwharves or wharfs

If you are not sure how to form the plural, always consult the dictionary.

Challenge: Create Spanish sentences using English words ending in “f” or “fe.

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