Using Linkers in IELTS Academic Writing Task 2


Linkers are words or phrases that join ideas in the same sentence or ideas in two different sentences or paragraphs making them coherent or sticking together and unified.

Example 1. Although he is wealthy, he still lives in a frugal way. (two ideas in the same sentence)

Example 2. Money can't buy happiness. However, having enough money makes someone's life comfortable. (two ideas in two different sentenceS.)

They are used to link for and against arguments or to give additional reasons for your arguments in a discursive essay.

Here are some of the connectors which you can use in IELTS academic writing task 2.

To link an opposing (AGAINST) opinion, you may use:

However...
In spite of this...
Although this is true...
On the contrary...
Nevertheless...


To link paragraphs supporting (FOR) an opinion or argument, you may use:


Furthermore...
In addition...
It is also true that...
Also...
Similarly...
Moreover...


There are also signals that can be used to link a new paragraph such as Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, and so on. However, using them in a discursive essay is not appropriate. You can use them in Task 1 of the writing task when you are asked to interpret a diagram involving a process like enrollment process.




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