IELTS Writing Task 2: Practice with Linking Words

Decide the best linking word to use in the following sentences:

  1. (Whereas / While / But)……………… individuals can make a considerable difference to environmental problems, they ought to be dealt with on a global scale to be solved effectively.
  2. Global warming is a prominent issue these days (due to / owing to / because)……………. it has a direct impact on the climate of countries all over the world.
  3. (As a result / Consequently / Thus)……………… of global warming, sea levels are rising which threaten many low lying lands.
  4. One of the best ways to deal with global warming is to reduce the emissions of fossil fuels, (specific / particularly / certainly)…………. from industry.
  5. Global warming affects weather patterns and can cause extreme weather (namely / as an example / like) ………………. heat waves, droughts and floods.
  1. While
  2. because
  3. As a result
  4. particularly
  5. namely


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  1. Rahul Sharma says:

    Dear Liz,
    I have subscribed your advanced lessons & found it immensly helpful. However, I have one question.
    Is it necessary to mention advantages and disadvantages both in an essay, if topic asks “Do the advantages outweigh disadvantages” ?
    Please explain use of comma, too that would really helpful for IELTS aspirants.
    Thanks in advance.

    • I spent over 30mins answering that question in my advanced lessons about ads outweigh disadvs essay. I explained what that essay should contain and taught how to write it paragraph by paragraph. Please watch your lessons again. I hope to have some lessons about commas in the future.

  2. Hi Madam,
    Can we start a sentence using ‘Also’?

  3. I would like to ask why I can’t use “like” for the last question of this exercise?
    Besides, some tutors told me that using some cohesive devices like fist,second,third,nevertheless for the ielts writing task are too simple.We should use more advanced cohesive devices like some phrases. Do you argee with that?Can you liat some more advaced cohesive devices for writing task?

    Thank you!

  4. Hi Liz.we should not use idoms and phrases in writing task ?why?

    • Most idioms are informal and the writing test is formal. All sentences should be unique and created by yourself – this is a language test – you can’t cheat by using phrases written by someone else. So, avoid idioms and avoid phrases. But you can use some idiomatic language, such as “the key to success”.

  5. Hi liz!

    I got only two weeks left before my exam. What am i supposed to do?

    Thank you!

    • Review each main page of my website and check that you are comfortable with each part of the test. Make a list of areas you need to review. Prepare ideas for recent topics.

  6. Hi Liz,
    I am deeply thankful for your help and support for ILETS exam tips and lessons , I would like to ask you how to use other linking words as although , however ,despite and others? Adverbs too?

  7. Hi liz,
    Is it true that we cannot start a sentence with a linking word.example: although many people believe that the best way to deal with criminals is long term prisons,others are of opinion that more punitive measures must be taken

    • Of course, you can start a sentence with a linking word. The only ones that can’t are “but, because, and”.

  8. Can i know the words ( specialy linking words) should not to be used in writing

    • Just use the linking words on this page. They are the right ones to use. Don’t use others. If you are given a list of lots and lots of linking words, then use them.

  9. Hi Liz. Why is the correct answer for Q1 “while” ?

    • You don’t use “but” at the start of a sentence and generally “whereas” should go in the middle.

  10. Gurpreet singh rai says:

    Hi I am very impressed by the way you are giving classes and teaching online. God bless you dear.☺

  11. Hi Liz,
    Thank you very much for your highly informative free site and for your great efforts in teaching us English. I have a question please explain question number five in this exercise why you choose namely? Thanks.

    • “as an example” would be grammatically incorrect to use with this sentence structure and “like” is not an academic linking word.

    • Hi Liz,
      I have been following your informative sites from the very first day of my ielts practise.And thank you so much for all your lessons.My question here is : since you have said ‘like’ is not an academic linking word, does it mean that we should never be using the word’ like’ during our writing task2.

  12. Hi Liz , very appreciate for your online lessons . But I had a problem on paying for the advanced lessons . Every time I tried to pay by credit/debit card , it prompted that I can’t pay by credit card . Could you please tackle that problem?

    • Sorry this is an issue with paypal, not with me. You will need to check that your card can be used with paypal.

  13. myself manuel.i am from delhi.working as a astaff nurse in fortis hospital.i would like to work in ireland.but i need to catch 7 score in ielts .i am a beginer in this field.i have no idea about it.i need your help.reading is difficult for me.can you suggest any tips for reading,number:09718128354,thank you

  14. Your tips and instruction are very useful
    Tons of thank, Madam

  15. Hi!
    Took the IELTS exam and got the followings scores: L-6, R-6.5, S-6.5, W-6.5.
    I need a score of 7.0 in the speaking area, what do you suggest an area to improve in order for me to get that score?

    Oh by the way, I am now using your site, tips, and exercises as my review buddies because I am planning to retake the exam sometime next month.
    If only I saw your site beforehand, maybe I got the desired result. Thank you very much.

  16. Hello liz,plz give me stratergy of ielts general reding. I want to grow up my score till 33.

    • Please see my tips on the main reading page. The question types are the same as the academic test so you can follow all those tips.

  17. Dear Liz,
    Let me ask is the expression “as for..” academic, can I use it as a synonym of “with regards to…”?

  18. Quang Tuan says:

    Dear Miss Liz,
    Could I have a question? In sentence 4, Why you did not use comma after “fossila fuels”
    Thank you for your lessons.
    Yours sincerely,

  19. farimah says:

    Dear Liz
    Million thanks for this lesson.I have problems with linking words specially whereas and while,I mean i do not know when to use them.Could you give us more helps with these??
    Thank you in advance

  20. Hello liz,
    I really appreciate the free lessons ok my exam is on the 30th April am really scared I speak good English but the am not good at the aspect of graphs and charts.
    The reading aspect of the test too long for to be answered in 20 mints. .. any tips please? Thanks alot and please don’t stop the good work. God bless u

    • Hi,

      It takes time to develop the skills for IELTS and also the understanding of the requirements. Take your time, be focused and keep practicing. For reading, spend more time preparing the questions – look more closely at the exact words and also at the exact meaning. Use key words for locating information and then spend more time analysing the question and answer. Also get to know the different question types, here’s a link for you:

  21. Thameen Ahmad says:

    Hi Liz
    Thank you for your posts which are helpful for every one.
    I answered all of them correctly.
    If I am right, there is a mistake in sentence 4 “warming to to reduce” I think it should be warming is to reduce.
    I think you write it by mistake.
    Thank you

  22. Thank you so much Miss Liz and I can practice my english so well now, guides by your free lessons..looking forward for more…God bless.

  23. Hi Liz,

    I learned a lot of your website. I took my IELTS exam last 06 Of Dec. Got S:7 L:7 R:6 W:6.5 I was frustated because I need a band of 7 to apply for my migration. I made a mistake while taking my reading exam, since I cannot hold it any longer in the last 20 mins I went to the toilet but it was unfortunate because there were 3 of us going to the toilet and I was the third one. To make the story short my toildt was too far away from the examination room and when I came back I lost a lot of time to actually finish the last passage.. how embarrassing.. lastly liz, any thoughts on how to increasr my writing to .5 thank you for your wonderful cobtribution on IELTS to help other people..

    All the best,

    • Hi Jay,

      That was bad luck in your last test. If you want me to give you some advice about writing, you should post one of your essays under a lesson for me to look at. I don’t do error correction but I can give you some advice about what you need to improve.
      All the best

      • Thank you Liz, I will try to post some of my writing task2 if I have enough time. I will be resitting the test this 28 of Feb so I hope I can do better this time. Thank you so much Liz.


  24. Hi
    Most respectfull, I would like to thanks .your all ielts techniques help me to learn more .I had 5.5 bands in ielts but I need 6.5 please help me more thanks .God bless you.

    • Hi,

      To get band score 6.5 you will need to have good control over your level of English. This means that in speaking and writing you don’t make many mistakes and you are able to produce complex language with quite a good degree of accuracy. If your level of English is not strong enough, you will need to develop your language to get a higher score. Try to get your English assessed by an experienced English teacher and ask them how many mistakes you are making. If you are making many mistakes, then this is the reason you are only getting 5.5.
      All the best

  25. Hi
    Thanku so much for your efforts…….Plz Liz let me know about the usage of comma ,that where to use it and where not.

  26. Thank you ! for sharing your precious work.
    It is really helping me alot!

  27. Wonderful~! Thanks for your helpful tips on IELTS
    ~! Happy Chinese new year~!

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