IELTS Writing: connective words (part 4)

This is the post about connective words and here you will find words to use in sentences referring to examples, describing reasons or sequencing events in time.


  • for instance
  • There are many schools in many countries where you could study, for instance the schools in London or Birmingham.

  • one example
  • One example of how to get better at cooking would be to start reading recipes.

  • for example
  • just as
  • I wanted to be home already just as much as a thirsty man in the desert wanted water.

  • in particular
  • I am referring to my exams, in particular, IELTS and TOEFL.

  • such as
  • namely
  • My friends, namely Andy and Cindy, have told me about this new exhibition in the city.

  • to illustrate
  • Reason

  • since
  • Since you asked, I’d like to tell you my story

  • because (of)
  • due to
  • Due to the teacher’s illness this lecture is canceled.

  • owing to
  • the reason why
  • in other words
  • leads to
  • This assumption leads us to believe that …

  • cause
  • The cause of this unfortunate accident was…


  • before
  • since
  • Since 2005 I have been working in …

  • as
  • until
  • Until now I wasn’t able to find anything like it.

  • meanwhile
  • Meanwhile, I would like to ask you to be patient.

  • at the moment
  • At the moment I am experiencing financial difficulties.

  • when
  • whenever
  • Whenever I call him, he appears to be very busy.

  • as soon as
  • just as
  • IELTS Writing: connective words (part 3)

    Continuing the topic of previous posts (part 1 and part 2), here are some more connective words to use in your IELTS essay, letter or report. The headings in bold are the purpose for which you are using the connective words.


  • obviously
  • I was very disappointed, obviously because my expectations were too high.

  • certainly
  • I will certainly let her know your opinion.

  • plainly
  • You are plainly wrong

  • of course
  • undoubtedly
  • She is undoubtedly very beautiful


  • if
  • unless
  • I won’t be able to participate, unless we schedule the meeting in the morning.

  • whether
  • Whether you like it or not, this is the truth.

  • provided that
  • I can guarantee a good result, provided that you study.

  • so that
  • I can send you the documents so that you would have proof.

  • depending on
  • We can have a picnic this weekend, depending on the weather.


  • in conclusion
  • in summary
  • lastly
  • finally
  • to sum up
  • To sum up, I strongly support the efforts of our society to help the environment.

  • to conclude
  • to recapitulate
  • in short


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