How to Put Examples in Your Essay

Learn the best way to add examples to your essay to support your ideas. You need to use a range of linking words in your essay and also use them flexibly in different locations in the sentence. See below for a list of useful linking words with sample sentences:

Linking Words for Giving Examples

  • for example
  • for instance
  • to illustrate
  • as an illustration
  • to give a clear example
  • take, for example,
  • such as
  • namely

Video Tutorial: How to Add Examples in an Essay

 

Sample Sentences with Supporting Examples

Please note that the linking words do not need to be at the start of the sentence. You can use them more flexibly by changing their location.

Global warming should be taken more serious as it can result in a number of disastrous consequences. To give a clear example, the melting polar ice caps have not only caused a loss of habitat for polar bears but are also threatening seas levels worldwide.

More and more women are choosing to start a family later in life. 20% of women giving birth to their first child, for instance, are over the age of 30 in the UK.

Crimes should not have the same punishment. Minor crimes, such as pick pocketing and traffic offences, should not have the same penalty as major crimes, namely murder and manslaughter.

Children often learn behaviour from the adults around them subconsciously. To illustrate, around 50% of children who are brought up by aggressive parents often use aggression to solve their own problems later in life.

Parents should be responsible for teaching their children right and wrong. If, for example, they see their child using bad language, they should spend time explaining to their child the serious consequences that can result from this type of behaviour.

More and more people are leading sedentary life styles due to work conditions. Take, for example, office workers in the UK who spend at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week  sitting in front of their computers.

All Linking Words for Essay Writing

You can find a list of all linking words that can be used in essay writing: Linking Words for Writing.

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  1. Aburakhia says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have a question regarding grammar. I am not in what case can we put Verb+ing after the word “to”

    I always thought that we have to put the verb whit its original form, but I have noticed two examples and still didn’t understand the rule.

    Here are the two examples I saw in your blog:

    – resort to buying ( why not resort to buy?)
    – I am looking forward to hearing from you ( why not looking forward to hear from you soon?)

    appreciate your always help.

    • You can use “to” as a preposition. If you haven’t seen this before, don’t use it. More mistakes will lower your score. Use the grammar you know well.

  2. Hi .. can I add “example” form my own information or not ?

  3. Sammie Keith says:

    Hi liz.

    As long as it is in the allotted time, are we allowed to write our essays out in rough first, then transfer them onto the exam papers?

    • You will not have time. You need to spend at least 5 mins planning your essay which includes main ideas as well as supporting points. This means you can write your essay directly. Try timing yourself and you will see how difficult it is to do both task 1 and task 2 in one hour.

  4. Hi Liz,

    I can not buy your lesson which must be paid by paybal, because in Turkey there is not paybal. How I can bu these lessons? Please inform me.

    Thank you.

    • Unfortunately paypal is the only payment option that I can offer at present. If you find someone to buy the lessons for you, that is one option. If you do that, make sure you email me so I can forward the links to you: ieltsliz789@gmail.com

  5. Hi Liz!
    Thanks for the amazing tips!
    And I would like to ask whether I can make up facts as an example in my writing test?
    Thanks!

  6. Jasmeen Kaur says:

    Hello Liz! I have to ask that is it possible to get 7 bands in writing? As I have never heard above 7 bands of any student. Why so?

  7. Liz, Thanks a lot for your fantastic information. Your work is exceptional and highly recommendable for not only IELTS test takers but also first-year university students who use English as a second language.

  8. Dear Liz,

    I had a question about the use of “resort”. Is it “resort to doing” or “resort to do”?

    In the last scene, I was two sentences:

    1. This is exemplified by the 70% of working people in the UK, who resort to BUYING ready made meals for convenience.
    2. This can be seen by the growing number of working people in the UK who resort to BUY ready made meals for convenience instead of cooking at home.

    Is it a typo in the second sentence?

    Many thanks for your tutoring videos. They are extremely helpful!

    Juliana

    • Hi, Juliana.
      I post the explanation of the resort.
      “resort to sth to make use of sth, especially something bad, as a means of achieving sth, often because there is no other solution.”

      E.g. They felt obliged to resort to violence
      We may have to resort to using untrained staff.

      So, we should put doing after the resort to.

      And you are right. there is a typo mistake in the second sentence. I think liz post that in the video.

      Good Luck

  9. Kunal Mistry says:

    Dear madam,

    I need 6 bands in each tasks for IELTS General module.Still I’m worried about Speaking and Listening exam because I don’t get grip on this tasks compared to other tasks.Please suggest me a technique for practice to acquire a good score.I have next exam on 18th February.

  10. Liz Malicay says:

    Hi Liz, I just started to follow your blogs recently.
    As I read the topics above, I wonder if we could present or invent statistics in our own just to support our answers in essay 🙂 ?
    Thanks!

  11. Hi liz ,hope u r doing fine..i would be very grateful if u cud give some advice about the ielts..recently i sat for the it,n i got an overall 6.5band, with 7 listening , 6.5 writing, 6.5 reading and 5.5 speaking.though its not enuf for my professional career,im wondering if i shud give it again and if yes ,will i be able to attain the requirement that is a total of 7.5 with a minimum of 7 in each section….honestly speaking i had only ten days for the exam and during the process i didnt practice at all,just read some sample essay on net n some passage reading..and i came to conclusion that the only way to succeed is practise because your only opponent on the day of exam is time.for instance for my case,i finish my essay just in time,cud not do proofreading and this apply for the reading as well…n it was my first experiece with ielts…is there a chance that i can reach the objective band nxt time?my essay was is should the private life of celebrity be respected by the media,to what extent u agree or disagree..thnk u,,waiting impatiently for ur reply…

  12. Task 2: Some people say that interview is a good way of selecting competent candidates.
    What are the other ways for selecting a good candidate
    What do you think is the best way to select a good candidate. How write intro this question and make paragraph

  13. Le Duc Huy says:

    Hi Liz. Thank for this tip. it’s really helpful.
    But i have a question. How can i explain my idea in writing task 2?
    I always have a problem with this

    • The supporting points are only explanations of your ideas. Just more detail. It could be examples, consequences, exceptions, explanation, causes – anything you feel will explain what you mean. If you aim for three body paragraph, you will only need about two supporting sentences which is easier.
      Liz

      • Le Duc Huy says:

        what i am looking for is some questions that i need to question myself whenever i have an idea needed to explained. I found your video bout ideas. I have a lot of them now. but dont know how to expand it.

        • Ask yourself “why”. If you state “Firstly one of the best ways to tackle traffic congestion is to build wider roads.” Then you ask “why is this a good method? What does it do?”. You then add: “By doing this, traffic will be able to flow more easily and congestion will be reduced”. Then you choose your next sentence, either an example or an opposite: “If the roads are not widened, traffic will slowly grind to a halt as traffic is no longer able to flow along the streets because they are too narrow.”.

          I strongly advice you to read all model essays online and make a note of what kind of information is given in the supporting points. Then you will have a range of ideas.
          Liz

  14. Hello, Liz
    Could I write “As an example/illustration of something, …”?

    If I’m not mistaken, it is “Cambridge IELTS 9” on the shelf on each video. Do you recommend this book?
    Thank you in advance!
    Julia

    • Yes, you can use those two ways to give examples. I have both Cambridge 9 and 10. They are the two most recent books published by IELTS. They contain 4 practice tests but not tips. They are good for practicing. No students should enter the test without doing a full practice test at least once.
      All the best
      Liz

  15. Can we make up our own examples with fake dates and events.??

    • The examiner will not check factual information so you can use examples as you wish. But it is unnecessary to invest data – just describe it for a higher score.
      Liz

      • I will just use supporting examples, which will make sense by different Organization names.I have exam on 8 October, 2015.

  16. Paula POp says:

    HAllo,

    I was wondering, it won t be considered ok to write 2 ideas in one paragraph? For instance 1 BP with 2 ideas explained or 2 causes etx.
    It would be more correct to have only one idea/solution/cause/advantage in each BP?

    Thanks

  17. Thanks Dear,
    I appreciate it.

  18. that is the example, and I guess you are right.And where do you recommend I can write my opinion?
    computers are becoming an essential part of education.
    Discuss the advantages and the disadvantages and give your own opinion?

    • I’ve never seen those instructions before. However, to follow them, you must do exactly what they say: give the advantages, give the disadvantages and give your opinion. If your opinion agrees with one side, then include it in your body paragraph. If your opinion agrees with neither side, put it in a separate body paragraph. There’s no fixed rule.
      All the best
      Liz

  19. Hi Liz,
    Regarding the advantage and disadvantage and giving your opinion question.
    where is the best place exactly to express my opinion?is it in the conclusion sentence or included in the introduction?

    • There is no question in IELTS that asks for the advantages, disadvantages and your opinion. Are you talking about the discussion essay?
      All the best
      Liz

  20. Hi,
    For writing task 2, sometimes I don’t have relevant examples ? I start properly with a topic sentence and I explain it in detail, but I, sometimes, find difficulty of giving a clear example?

    if there is any other way to state it ?
    thank you

    • You do not need to give examples unless you want to. Supporting points are any points which explain your idea further.
      All the best
      Liz

  21. Hi Liz,

    Thank you very much for the very useful article. I have some concern about the use of ‘i.e.’ and ‘e.g.’. Do you think they are formal enough to be used in IELTS writing?

    Many thanks again,

    Yen

  22. Hello Liz,

    I would be so grateful if you could suggest me the perfect study plan in order to prepare for my second Ielts exam on 12 September. I need to improve each section with 0.5 or 1 score.

    Thank you in advance,
    Genta

  23. Dear Liz,
    I would be acknowledge by my heartfelt appreciation about your website and merits videos . I’m settling in Tehran and wand passing ielts strictly. In recent years , there has been hard rise in ielts examination . Let’s emphatically endorse to this fact that the band score 7 and upper goals are crucial for us to make the future by proper mentoring , extensive training and practicing . Hence , it’s important to be realistic about apprentices who need the band 6.5 in general training modules . With all this taken into account , I believe that I have some problems in reading to pass this examination .
    Another thing I should mention is how can I improve myself in listening module because I couldn’t accurately pass this . It has fluctuated on 5 to 6.5 in 3 mock examinations . This is often cited as a reason for practicing more but I can not fix my grade in 6.5 . It will make me feel happy if I solve this problem .
    Eventually, if you have leisure convenient, please, test us with some sample questions ( talking points ) by writing in both issues and make us as well . Let’s commonly apprentice about this website . I’m looking forward to knowing more from you .
    With warmest wishes,
    As ever,
    Hooman

    • I will be very direct with you. To get band score 7, you need to have a very strong level of English in which you have good use of English but with few errors. Your message above shows quite a lot of errors when you use vocabulary that is not appropriate. You clearly know a lot of vocabulary but not how to use it and what it really means. For example, “apprentice” is not a synonym for student. For this reason, you are not getting band 7 in your listening or reading etc. Of course, you will need to check your techniques and follow the right tips but at the end of the day, if your English is not band 7, it will be hard to get that score. Spend time developing your English. I don’t mean learning new words (you have a wide enough vocabulary) but learning more about the meaning of the words, collocations, paraphrasing correctly and how to use words appropriately.
      All the best
      Liz

  24. Hlo Dear liz..
    firstly i would like to you say thanku for your support. second of all, can you plz recommend me books of good authors for preparation of ielts? I am weak in speaking module due to lack of ideas.please help me.
    Thanks

    • You could try the Collins IELTS speaking book. That has good ideas and vocabulary for various topics.
      Liz

  25. Hi Liz , u r ways of study fanatastic,I need ur guidance i live near border problem regarding internet, I can buy ur task 2 any book I need 6 GN plz help me

  26. Dear Liz ,
    I would like to buy your essay tips,
    please could you tell me as soon as possible ,I just booked my test for first of August .
    Beast regards
    Maria

  27. Hello liz. The linking words you presented to are very helpful. Hope to hear more from your post. Thank you.

    • I’m glad you find them useful. They are so important to use in your essay.
      Liz

      • Hi liz. .I want to seek help from you in doing my essay. I am really having a hard to put my ideas. I need a band score of 7 in all categories. Please help me.

        • Unfortunately, I don’t offer individual tuition to help you. You should go through topics and research ideas for your essays. You can find some ideas on my blog and others online. Then practice adapting the ideas to suit the essay question and the instructions.
          Liz

  28. Hi liz,

    Im confused with the” to buy and to buying” from your examples

    1. for example about 70% of people working in the UK resort to buying ready-made meals for convenience rather than doing home cooking

    2. This can be seen by the growing number of working people who resort to buy ready-made meals for convenience instead of cooking at home

    Could you please explain to me when should I use to buy and to buying ?

    Thank you very much

    M

  29. Hi Liz. Guys.

    I just found this website yesterday when I was looking for some stuff for ielts self preparation.
    Yes, I would like to take an exam and also like to ask you how long you recommend a prepation before the exam date?

    • It really depends on a number of factors, one of which is your understanding of the test and requirements of the band scores. If your English is suitable for the band score you are aiming for, you will only need to focus on exam skills to make sure you reach your potential. The skills will help you understand how to approach questions and what the examiner is looking for in your writing and speaking. Once you feel comfortable with all that, you will have a clear idea of how long you want to practice before your test. Whatever you decide, make sure you are frequently getting the band score you want in practice tests.
      All the best
      Liz

  30. mirza ehteshamulla baig says:

    Dear Mam,

    How should i start my preparation plz advice and accordlingly i will follow in Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listining

    Regards,
    Mirza

    • You start in any way you want. I advise you to learn the content and question types of all skills and then start practicing. Then do practice tests to check your level. After that, start planning your development.
      Liz

  31. Thanks for the useful lesson .

  32. Hi Liz!
    I got overall 7.5 band score and the credit goes to you as well. Thankyou so much for being my virtual tutor. It’s my pleasure to study with you online. Preparation material and guidelines by you helped me a lot in achieving my target in first attempt. Goodluck to all the students who are preparing for IELTS ,”it’s not that much difficult”
    Thanks Liz for all your efforts, stay blessed always 🙂

  33. Hi Liz,

    Too good again, I am going to give my GT on 1st Aug. Thanking you so much. I like those additional examples by using linking devices.

    God Bless.

    Ragel

  34. Hii ma’m!
    I am from Pakistan and I want to tell you that you are indeed a very great teacher. I’m gonna appear in coming IELTS on 1st August.
    I’m feeling really confident now after going through your very informative lectures here.

    Thank you a lot for being so helpful! Need your prayers now 🙂

    Regards,
    Madiha

  35. mirza ehteshamulla baig says:

    I got 5.5 band in first attempt
    R-4
    L-5
    W-5.5
    S-6.5

    Second attaempt
    R-4
    W-4.5
    L-4.5
    S-5.5
    Total band-4.5

    Please advice me how i need to follow.I need 6 band in each module immigration.

    Regards,
    Mirza Ehteshamulla Baig
    Kuwait

  36. Justinas says:

    Dear Liz,
    When writing essays, we usually don’t have statistical data at hand. Is it OK to make up such information to give examples?

  37. Dear Liz,
    Thank you so much for your very informative lesson here. It really helped me when I took the exam on 11th of July and I got a total band score of 7.5.
    You are indeed a blessing. God bless you more.

    Regards,
    jen

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