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Common connective words to be used

 
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While taking this test, many non native english speakers do not properly join 2 small sentences. The proper use of connectives mentioned below will be helpful. Try to use them in your sentences. Discuss more at English Exam Forum

Familiarity with these words would be useful in all IELTS test modules.

Common connective words indicating:

Addition Sequence Consequence Contrast

in addition

and similarly

likewise as well as

besides further more

also moreover and then too not only ... but even besides this/that



first(ly) initially

second(ly) etc.to begin with then

next earlier/later

after this/that

following this/that

afterwards



as a result thus so therefore

consequently

it follows that

thereby

eventually

then in that case

admittedly


however on the other hand despite in spite of

though although but

on the contrary

otherwise yet instead of

rather whereas

nonetheless even though

compared with in contrast alternatively

Certainty Condition Definition Summary

obviously certainly

plainly of course

undoubtedly



if unless whether

provided that for

so that whether

depending on


is refers to

means that is

consists of



in conclusion in summary lastly finally

to sum up to conclude

to recapitulate in short


Example Reason Time  

for instance one example for example

just as in particular

such as namely

to illustrate

 


since as so

because (of)

due to owing to

the reason why

in other words

leads to cause

before since as

until meanwhile

at the moment

when whenever

as soon as just as

  

 

 

 

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