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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
  • IELTS Writing: connective words (part 2)

    I was going to post more connective words again, if it wasn’t for an email that gave me another good idea.

    These connective words are awesome, but they won’t help you if you are seeing them for the first time and don’t know how to use them in a sentence. So now, I am repeating the whole list – with examples, where appropriate.


  • in addition
  • In addition, I would like to point out that my neighbor is disturbing me late at night.

  • and similarly
  • Your life will change forever and similarly, your whole family will feel the change.

  • likewise
  • Some people have little time for a hobby, and have likewise little will to get one.

  • as well as
  • Beauty, as well as smarts, is a remarkable quality

  • besides
  • We aren’t friends. Besides, I don’t feel it’s my place to set him straight.

  • furthermore
  • Computers are getting faster and faster these days; furthermore, their cost is getting lower and lower.

  • also
  • moreover
  • I’ve been wanting a change for a long time, moreover, I feel I deserve one.

  • and then too
  • not only … but also
  • Not only is this product good for your hair, but also for softening your skin.


  • first(ly) initially
  • Initially, you would start putting a plan together.

  • second(ly)
  • to begin with
  • To begin with, you will need to commit a portion of your time to studying.

  • then
  • next
  • earlier/later
  • Later on there comes a stage when your skills are put to a test.

  • after this/that
  • following this/that
  • Consequence

  • as a result
  • I studied well and as a result, I got a high score.

  • thus
  • so
  • therefore
  • I was younger and therefore less experienced.

  • consequently
  • it follows that
  • thereby
  • I upset my friend, thereby causing her pain.

  • eventually
  • then in that case
  • admittedly
  • Admittedly, he is the smartest person I know.


  • however
  • The book is expensive, however it is worth it.

  • on the other hand
  • She says she feels fine, but on the other hand, her face is pale and she doesn’t look healthy.

  • despite
  • in spite of
  • In spite of the difficulties, the task was completed.

  • though
  • He still insists, though he knows that won’t do any good.

  • although
  • but
  • on the contrary
  • The music didn’t lift her spirit, on contrary, it made her feel weak and vulnerable again.

  • otherwise
  • yet instead of
  • He felt unwelcome, yet instead of leaving, he stayed.

  • rather
  • Eggs for breakfast is not a good idea, I would rather have some toast.

  • whereas
  • He was her true love, whereas for him she was just another girlfriend.

  • nonetheless
  • While they didn’t trust each other, nonetheless they worked together for many years.

  • even though
  • compared with
  • in contrast
  • alternatively