It matters not whether you are writing an essay, business letter, or a technical document — in either event, you should use argumentative words (transitional words) in it.

Argumentative word is a magic sequence of letters which was primarily designed to persuade, educate and explain different matters to one’s audience.

Without using such words, one’s writing is more likely to be perceived as not clear and quite substandard one.

Here is the list of the argumentative words I put together myself quite a long time ago.

This list was an integral part of my 4.0 GPA back in my college days.

Well, here we go.

Additive Transitions

These are used to show addition, introduction, similarity to other ideas, and so forth.

I. Addition:

1. Indeed

2. As expected

3. If truth be told

4. Admittedly

5. By all means

6. Assuredly

7. Further – Let me further tell you – Further to – Further our letter of February 5

8. Last but not least

9. Moreover

10. Furthermore

11. In fact

12. Let alone

13. Alternatively

14. As an alternative

15. As well as

16. What is more

17. Much less “after spraining his ankle, the gymnast hadn’t been expected to appear in today’s event, much less win it”

18. Actually

19. Either

20. Neither

21. As a matter of fact

22. In point of fact

23. Believe it or not

24. In reality

25. Besides (this)

26. In addition to

27. Over and above

28. Above and beyond

29. On top of

30. Apart from

31. Other than

32. Aside from

33. Not counting

34. Excluding

35. Not including

36. Except

37. With the exception of

38. Leaving aside

39. To say nothing of

40. Not to mention (this)

41. Not only (this) but also (that) as well

42. In all honesty

43. To tell the truth

“I think, if truth be told, we were all a little afraid of him”

44. To be frank

II. Introduction:

45. Such as

46. For example

47. For instance

48. Particularly

49. Exceptionally

50. Singularly

51. Peculiarly

52. Extraordinarily

53. Remarkably

54. Outstandingly

55. Amazingly

56. Incredibly

57. Uncommonly, abnormally, atypically, unexpectedly, surprisingly, strangely, oddly

58. In particular

59. Notably

60. Including

61. For one thing

62. By way of example

63. As an illustration

64. To illustrate

65. Speaking about

66. As for (this)

67. Considering (this)

68. Concerning (this)

69. Regarding (this)

70. The fact that

71. With regards to (this)

72. On the subject of (this)

III. Similarity

73. Similarly

74. Equally

75. In the same way

76. Likewise

77. By the same token

78. In a like manner

IV. Identification

79. That is (to say)

80. Namely

81. Specifically

82. Thus

V. Clarification

83. That is to say

84. To put it another way

85. In other words

Adversaries Transitions

These argumentative words are mostly used in order to signal conflict, contradiction concession, dismissal, etcetera.

VI. Conflict:

86. However

87. In contrast

88. By way of contrast

89. And yet

90. When in fact

91. While

92. Whereas

93. Conversely

94. On the other hand

95. Though

96. Still

VII. Emphasis

97. Even more

98. Above all

99. Indeed

100. More importantly

101. Besides

VIII. Concession

102. But even so

103. However

104. And still

105. And yet

106. Nevertheless

107. Nonetheless

108. Although

109. Though

110. Even though

111. Despite

112. In spite of

113. Granted

114. On the other hand

115. Notwithstanding

116. Regardless (of this)

117. Be that as it may

118. Admittedly

119. Albeit

IX. Dismissal

120. Either way

121. In either case

122. Whichever happens

123. Whatever happens

124. In either event

125. All the same

126. In any case

127. In any event

128. At any rate

X. Replacement:

129. (Or) at least

130. (Or) rather

131. Instead

Casual Transitions

This group of argumentative words signal cause and effect and reason or result, etc.

XI. Casual/Reason:

132. For the (simple) reason that

133. Because (of the fact)

134. Due to (the fact that)

135. Being that

136. Seeing that

137. In that

138. For

139. As

140. Since

141. In view of (the fact)

142. Owing to (the fact)

143. Forasmuch (as)

144. Inasmuch (as)

XII. Condition:

145. On (the) condition (that)

146. In the event that

147. Granting that

148. Granted (that)

149. As/so long as

150. Provided that

151. Given that

152. Only if

153. In case

XIII. Effect/Result:

154. As a result (of this)

155. Because if this

156. As a consequence

157. Consequently

158. In consequence

159. So much (so) that

160. Hence

161. So that

162. So

163. For this reason

164. Accordingly

165. Therefore

166. Thereby

167. Thus

XIV. Purpose:

168. For the purpose of

169. With this intention

170. With this in mind

171. In the hope that

172. To the end that

173. In order that

174. For fear that

175. In order to

176. So as to

177. So that

178. Lest

179. So

XV. Consequence:

180. Under those circumstances

181. That being the case

182. Then

183. If so

184. In that case

185. Otherwise

186. If not

Sequential Transitions

These argumentative words are used in order to signal a chronological or logical sequence.

XVI. Numerical:

187. In the (first, second, etc.) place

188. To begin with

189. Initially

190. At first

191. To start with

192. For a start

193. First of all

194. Secondly

195. Firstly

196. Thirdly

XVII. Continuation:

197. Subsequently

198. Before (this)

199. Previously

200. Afterwards

201. Eventually

202. Then

XVII. Conclusion:

203. To conclude (with)

204. As a final point

205. In the end

206. Eventually

207. Finally

208. At last

209. Lastly

XIX. Digression

210. To change the topic

211. Incidentally

212. By the way

XX. Resumption

213. To get back to the point

214. To return to the subject

215. To resume

216. Anyhow

217. At any rate

XXI. Summation

218. As was previously stated

219. To make a long story short

220. As has been mentioned

221. Given these points

222. As has been noted

223. To put it briefly

224. So

225. Thus

226. Then

227. In all

228. Hence

229. In sum

230. Consequently

231. As I have said

232. To summarize

233. On the whole

234. In conclusion

235. Altogether

236. In summary

237. To be brief

238. Therefore

239. In a word

240. In short

241. All in all

242. Overall

243. Briefly

All in all, (see!) I genuinely hope that you will find this article quite useful for yourself.

In a word, (see!) I bet that your professor will notice a significant difference in your writing style once you begin using the argumentative words naturally.

You know, as they say, “argue with an argument!”