Practise Linking Words Essay

The linking words list below is essential for IELTS writing task 2 for high score. The examiner needs to see a range of linking words in your essay to award you a high score for the criterion of Coherence and Cohesion which is 25% of your marks. You will be checked on your range, accuracy and your flexibility of linking words in IELTS writing task 2. These connecting words are suitable for all types of essay writing as well as GT IELTS writing task 2

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This is often used to either put your paragraphs in order or used inside the paragraph to list your supporting points.

  • firstly
  • secondly
  • thirdly
  • fourthly
  • lastly /last but not least / finally

Adding Information

You will need to support your main points in your IELTS essay. These linkers inform the reader that extra information is about to be presented.

  • in addition
  • additionally
  • furthermore
  • moreover
  • also
  • not only … but also
  • as well as
  • and

Giving Examples

It is often useful to give examples to support your ideas in IELTS writing task 2. Make sure you use this range of linking words to do so.

  • for example
  • one clear example is
  • for instance
  • such as
  • namely
  • to illustrate
  • in other words

To learn how to put examples in sentences for essay writing, please follow this link: How to Add Examples to Essays.

Results and Consequences

These linking devices can be used for solution essays or any essay when you need to explain the consequences of something.

  • as a result
  • consequently
  • therefore
  • thus
  • hence
  • so
  • for this reason

Highlighting and Stressing

It is important to be clear about what you mean in your essay. These linking words help you stress particular points.

  • particularly
  • in particular
  • specifically
  • especially
  • obviously
  • of course
  • clearly

Concessions and Contrasts

You often need to give opposite ideas, particularly for discussion essays so the linking words below will help you show the reader when you want to introduce an opposite point. Also you might want to give exceptions to a rule for a concession.

  • admittedly
  • however
  • nevertheless
  • even though
  • although
  • but
  • despite
  • in spite of
  • still
  • on the other hand
  • by contrast
  • in comparison
  • alternatively
  • another option could be

Reasons and Causes

These connecting words will help you explain reasons and causes for something which is very common in IELTS writing task 2, especially for cause / solution essays.

  • because
  • owing to
  • due to
  • since
  • as

Giving your Opinion

  • in my opinion
  • I think
  • I believe
  • I admit
  • in my view
  • I concur / agree
  • I disagree / I cannot accept

Don’t make a mistake with the way you express your opinion. Watch this video for useful tips on giving your opinion and how to avoid mistakes: IELTS: Presenting your Opinion

Concluding Linkers

  • in conclusion
  • to conclude
  • to sum up

To get more tips and advice on linking words to start your IELTS conclusion, please watch this video lesson: IELTS Conclusion Linkers

Practice with Linking Words

Improve your use of linking words by fill in the gaps below with linking words from the above list.

  • There are a number of drawbacks to people using Facebook as a way of communicating (1)………………… it is (2)…………….. one of the most common social networking platforms for both individuals and businesses.
  • (3)……………………….. the lack of exercise taken by average people, obesity and other weight related problems are on the rise.
  • Unemployment and poverty, (4) ………….. in urban areas, is often deemed to be the cause of rising crime rate.
  • (5) ……….. the rise in urban crime, more and more people continue to move to cities looking for a better life.
  • More children are becoming obese and (6)…………….. schools should be encouraged to provide more sports lessons and outdoor activities.


Click below to reveal the answers:

  1. even though
  2. admittedly
  3. Due to / Owing to ( you can’t have “because of” because it is at the beginning of a sentence)
  4. particularly / especially / specifically
  5. despite
  6. therefore / so / for this reason


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Practice Using Transition Words

Transition words hold writing together. They help readers understand the connections between ideas or events. They explain the author’s thinking and show the path to his/her conclusions. That’s why it’s important to understand their meanings and use.

Types of Transitional Words (with examples)

·       Additive words show a continuation or extension of the author’s point:also, and, for example, furthermore, in addition, likewise, moreover

·       Sequencing words show the order of events: first, second, third (etc.), before, after, after that, later, next, last, finally

·       Cause and effect words show causal relationships: as a result, because (of), consequently, it follows that, since, so, therefore, thus

·       Contrast words indicate a different perspective, a modification, or even disagreement with what was stated before:but, however, on the other hand

·       Some contrast words warn the reader that what follows is not the whole story, but an exception.:although, even though, despite, even if, in spite of, though, while

Two notes about the last group above: These words are often used to admit that an opposing argument has some truth before going on to show that other factors are more important. Most of these words mean the same thing, though they fill different places in the sentence.

Prepositions like ‘despite,’ ‘in spite of, ’ and ‘regardless of’ are used before a noun phrase. Adverbs like ‘although’ precede a clause (with both subject and verb.)

However, ‘even if’ has a different meaning. It does not concede that something is true, but states that what follows applies whether or not the ‘if’ clause is true. Examples:

·       Even though she was tired after work, Mary always cooked dinner for her family. (She was always tired, but she cooked anyway.)

·       Even if she was tired after work, Mary always cooked dinner for her family. (Sometimes she was tired and sometimes she wasn’t, but in either case she cooked.)

Practice Connecting Words in this Essay

Use the following words to fill in the gaps in this essay about online learning. (Remember to capitalize the first words of sentences and to check your spelling.) Several blanks have more than one possible answer. Any of those will be marked correct. In your own writing, remember to vary your words, rather than repeating the same word each time that it could possibly be used.

(The words are repeated in the box below the essay so you can see them from the last paragraphs as well as at the beginning.)

also, although, because, but, even, first, however, in addition, moreover, similarly

Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Learning

also, although, because, but, even, first, however, in addition, moreover, similarly

If you want more information, there’s a much more complete list of transition words on MSU’s website. For more examples of their use, see the (gap-fill) essay in Conservation Terminology. For the less common transitional words used in the Academic Word List, see Linking Words in the AWL.

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