Linking words and conjunctions for IELTS writing part 2  

Linking words and conjunctions for IELTS writing part 2  

IELTS writing part 2, which is basically a discursive or opinion essay, asks the students to present an argument before the educated readers of native origin which means your writing should be in proper format and have all the qualities of advanced writing.

The advanced parameters which could fetch you 7 and above band score are as below.

Advanced complex structures,

Advanced grammar 

Passive construction

Advanced vocabulary,

And, linking words and conjunctions.

Did I frighten you by asking too much? Don’t worry; the above parameters are taken into consideration while giving you 9 band score. You should not worry if you are lacking in some of the parameters or having less command on one or two of them. However, it should be your aim to get complete mastery over all of them. 

You must have known if you have applied to a college or a university that different universities demand varied band score. Some universities would give you admission on a very low IELTS score such as 5.5 or 6.0.whereas, other wishes you must be having a higher band score. As far as I know, 7 band score is enough for getting admission in any college or university in general and visa in particular.

In this article, we are going to discuss the words which connect the sentences also known as linking words and conjunctions. However, you should have mastery on each facet of the above parameters to get the required band score. Plenty of articles have been provide hereto take care of that. 

Conjunctions and linking words are the words that are used to link two sentences and/or two paragraphs. Some connective words are basic some are advanced. In the IELTS writing task 2, you are required to use advanced linking words.

For an instance, If you are using ‘But’ try to use ‘however’, ‘though’ or ‘although’.

If you are using ‘for an example’ try to use ‘For an instance’.

In this article I am only listing some of the frequently used linking can use them in your sentences.example sentences would also be provided in the coming articles.  

1. To list out points :

  • In the first place.
  • Firstly.
  • Secondly.
  • In the second place.
  • Lastly.
  • Finally.
  • Eventually.
  • To start with.
  • To begin with.

2. To add more points to the same topic :

  • In addition to that.
  • Furthermore.
  • Moreover.
  • Besides.
  • Apart from that.
  • What is more.
  • Not to mention the fact.
  • There is another side of the argument.

3.To make contrasting points :

  • On the other hand.
  • On the contrary.
  • Conversely.
  • However.
  • Still.
  • Yet.
  • Nonetheless.
  • Nevertheless.
  • In the stark contrast.

4. To introduce an example :

  • For an example.
  • For an instance.
  • Such as.
  • In particular.
  • One striking example of this.
  • It can be exemplified by.

5. To emphasize a point :

  • Clearly.
  • Obviously.
  • It is obvious.
  • It is apparent.

6.To make general points:

  • Generally.
  • By and large.
  • On the whole.
  • In most cases.

7.To make partially correct statement :

  • To certain extent.
  • In some cases.
  • It is partly true.

8.To give Conclusion:

  • To sum up.
  • To conclude.
  • finally, by taking everything in to consideration.
  • finally, I pen down by saying that.
  • All in all.
  • In conclusion.

9.To list advantages :

  • One advantage is.
  • Another advantage is.
  • Further advantage is.
  • An additional advantage is.

10.To list disadvantages :

  • One disadvantage is.
  • Another disadvantage is.
  • Further disadvantage is.
  • An additional disadvantage is.
  • An additional drawback is.
  • Another negative aspect of it is.

11.To give opinion :

  • In my opinion.
  • As far as I know.
  • As far as I am concerned.
  • If you ask me.
  • To the best of my knowledge.