Transitional words and phrases are valuable within and between sentences. However overuse of any of them will weaken your final draft. Use as many of them as you want in your early drafts. In early drafts these are an aid to you because they tend to tighten up and guide your thinking. However in the final draft you need to check carefully to see:

• Whether or not you have used them in places where the meaning requires them.

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told

- Shakespeare Richard III Act IV, scene iv

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