Connective words in IELTS: Part 1

CONNECTIVE words are those words that are used to connect one part of sentence to another. I have noticed that many students fail to connect clauses and/ or sentences. This creates lack of cohesion in both task 1 and task 2 leading to lower bands. Examples of connectives are:


For instance, take a look at following article:

You go through a number of websites, absorbing as much as you can about a topic. Before you know it, hours pass and you’re still reading article after article. The problem is: You haven’t actually done anything.

I used to do this for hours at a time. I would research on a topic, whether it was on exercise, writing, or even how to become productive, but nothing would get done. I would take in a lot of information, but none of it seemed to help.

Doing an analysis of what we’re supposed to do is often a way of making ourselves feel productive. It seems as if we’re doing something to reach our goals. But there’s a difference between being busy and productive.

Busy means performing tasks that may or may not produce results, while being productive is when you take concrete steps to achieve a goal.

Consuming information rather than doing something is a way of putting off what we know we should be doing. Postponing what’s important masks our deep-rooted fears, whether they include fear of change, fear of failure, or even a fear that we may become successful.

Okay. Here’s an explanation of underlined words that you should try to use in IELTS exam.

  1. Whether it be X, Y or Z: Do not confuse it with ‘weather’. Whether it is driving, swimming or sleeping, I love all activities.
  2. But: No need to explain this. I guess.
  3. Seems as if: It means that …….
  4. Between X and Y: Standard English idiom
  5. X rather than Y: Standard English idiom

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