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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

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