Importance of transition words and phrases

Natural flow of ideas between two or more sentences is highly essential to make a good sense of paragraph. For this, the importance of transition words and phrases is inevitable. In this regard, these words and phrases act as conduit to flow intended ideas. Otherwise, paragraph looses sense with broken links. Hence, considering the role and importance of transition words and phrases in making a good sense, the correct understanding of such resource deserves attention. In this blog, I am going to explain the correct use of words to add similar ideas.

Use of “In addition” and “Besides”

Both are used to add additional similar ideas to earlier stated statement. In my opinion, if you need an extra statement to complete your view or thought; then, you usually, express such statement as a continuation of earlier one.

Use of ‘Besides’

In this context, I am going to explain besides as a conjunctive adverbs, not preposition. Both are conjunctive adverbs.  Compare to besides, “In addition” is used to add more ideas compare to “besides.”

‘Besides’ reflects on the earlier stated statement to add further ideas. It implies except than earlier stated.

In short, it means that most of the idea has already been stated. And, this is the remaining part that I am going to present with “besides.”

For clearity, “besides” is used to add lesser than “in addition.” does.


•Our class has decided to work in water conservation activities in the watershed areas. Besides, we are going to educate the rural people about water harvesting techniques.

•Nowadays, the ongoing degree of cyclones is the outcome of rising tempraure due to global warming. Besides, growth in mosquito borne diseases is another outcome.

•The incidents of malnutrition are constantly rising in the drought prone areas; besides, loss of livestock is making people’s lives more vulnerable.

These examples are enough to understand the exact use of “besides” as a conjunctive adverbs.

Besides = In addition = Moreover=Furthermore

This is the correct sequence of degree of emphasis from lower to higher.

Let’s see the correct use of “In addition.”

In the use of both conjunctive adverbs, either semicolon or full stops is generally used to separate them from earlier idea.

This  is also used to add extra information but bit more than “besides.”

Unlike besides, ‘in addition’ is used for more emphasis on second part than earlier. For clearity, more to come than earlier stated.


•Livestock sector in the agri economies is the great source of supplementary income. In addition, it offers nutrition and valuable compost.

•Dowary system is responsible for the   female infanticides in Indian society. In addition, dowary deaths, exploitation, and maternal mortality are also ascribed to this evil practice.

In both examples, we can easily notice that in addition is used to express more than earlier stated.

Use of moreover and furthermore

Like earlier, these are also conjunctive adverbs. Here moreover is used to express additional attributes or benefits of earlier things or idea. Whereas, furthermore is preferred to emphasis more than extra. In case of furthermore, degree is more. 

Generally, both are used in the positive consequences. For better understanding, here are some useful examples:-

•I think this bike is too cheap; moreover, its mileage is more than others.

•We have decided to give 30 percent off on the eve of Christmas; furthermore, customers will avail extra benefits in the form of points and coupons.

Considering the importance of transition words and phrases, these examples and clarification is too useful for writing.


So far, in this blog, I have clearly explained the meanings and use of all conjunctive adverbs of addition. Out of four besides and moreover are used to express another information by reflecting earlier stated statement. Whereas in addition and furthermore are used for extra information with greater emphasis. You know that these are too confusing to grasp. So, Practice is highly essential to master conjunctive

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