45 Useful Sequence Words in English for English Students

Sequence words are words that help us understand the order of events that are happening. They tell us things like what happened first, what happened next, and what happened that was unexpected.

Sequence Words in English

We use transition words and phrases to show the sequence and order of events or ideas.  These linking words are especially useful at the beginning of paragraphs but can be just as important at the beginning of other sentences to show the relationship between ideas.

Beginning

  • In the beginning
  • First of all
  • Once upon a time
  • One day
  • First
  • Firstly
  • To begin
  • To start
  • Once

Middle

  • Soon
  • Meanwhile
  • Then
  • After that
  • Later
  • After awhile
  • Next
  • Second
  • Third
  • Secondly
  • Thirdly
  • And
  • Furthermore
  • Further
  • Moreover
  • Another
  • In addition
  • Also
  • Subsequently
  • After
  • Before

Interruption

(something unexpected)

  • Suddenly
  • All of a sudden
  • But then

Ending

  • Finally
  • At last
  • In conclusion
  • To summarise
  • At the end
  • Afterward
  • In the end
  • Lastly
  • After all
  • By the end
  • By this point
  • Eventually

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Useful Sequence Words in English

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