IELTS Key Words And Expressions - Writing Task 1 & 2

IELTS Key Words And Expressions

By learning the IELTS Key Words and Expressions, you will be able to write more quickly and effectively during exams, when time is limited. Of course, you won't need to use all of the expressions on the IELTS. Ideally, you should be comfortable using at least three or four expressions from each group below, so they come to mind easily during the IELTS. It is also helpful to have someone call them out so you can test your spelling. Unfortunately, students sometimes make spelling errors even in these commonly occurring expressions. Practice sufficiently so you don't lose points unnecessarily on something that's within your control. The Key Words and Expressions For IELTS Writing Task 1 & 2 are as follows:


Vocabulary For Stating Your Opinion:

According to the essay types (Learn what are the IELTS essay types) use one of the following connective words/ linking phrases to write down your opinion However remember that if the question does not ask you to give your opinion but to compare advantages and disadvantages, then you should not strongly express your opinion. Opinion should only be written for opinion essays.
In my opinion, According to me,
In my view, To me,
From my point of view, I think
It seems to me that I believe
From my perspective To my way of thinking
It appears that I suppose
I realize I understand
I imagine I feel
Vocabulary For Giving Examples
For example, For instance,
such as In other words,
as like
that is namely
To illustrate To paraphrase
Vocabulary For Comparing
Similar to
in common also
Either...or In the same way,
Neither...nor At the same time
Just as resemble
Vocabulary For Contrasting
However, But
On the contrary, On the other hand,
Differ from Nevertheless
Although Though
Otherwise Instead
Alternatively, Even though

Vocabulary For Generalising A Statement:

Whenever you need to show a generalisation or general idea, you can use these vocabularies to present your point.
Generally, Generally speaking,
Overall, On the whole,
In general, By and large,
It seems to me that I believe
All in all, Basically,
Essentially, As a rule,
All things considered For the most part


Vocabulary For Expressing Certainty:

To make a point or argument stronger, you often need to show the certainty of your expression. To do so use the following list of vocabularies: 
Certainly, Undoubtedly,
Doubtless, No doubt,
Definitely, Of course,


Vocabulary For Expressing Partial Agreement:

In some cases you will have opinion or point of view that would not completely agree or disagree with a given opinion or statement. In this case you should clearly mention that you partially agree with the opinion but to some extent you also disagree to this. In these cases, using the following vocabulary will be very helpful.
More or less, To some extent,
Up to a point, Almost,
In a way, So to speak,
Vocabulary For Showing Cause
Due to Because
Because of Owing to
Vocabulary For Showing Effect
Therefore, As a result,
Consequently, For this reason,
Thus, So,
thereby Eventually,
Hence, The reason why
Vocabulary For Marking Time
First, Last
Second, Lastly,
Third, Then,
Firstly, First of all,
Secondly, Before
Thirdly, After
During While
To begin with At the same time
Simultaneously After this / that
Since Meanwhile
Afterwards Following this
When As soon as


Vocabulary For Adding Further Information:

In your essay you need to present reasons and arguments to make your point of view stronger. For this you often need to add multiple examples or cases and those examples or cases should be connected using some linking words. Such linking words are given below so that you can use them in your IELTS essay. 
Furthermore In addition
Also And
Moreover Similarly
Likewise As well as
Besides Too
Even What’s more
Vocabulary For Expressing Condition:
If Whether
In case Unless
Provided that So that
Vocabulary For Concluding
To summarize In conclusion
Lastly, Finally,
To conclude with, In short,

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