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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. http://arshdeep says

    can we use” before putting my pen down” to start conclusion of task-2?

  2. http://Deeba says

    Hi Liz

    Could you please tell me if Introduction paragraph can start with words like ‘Nowadays’, or ‘These days’?

    Thank You

    • http://Liz says

      It is not usually required. Most topics are current and based nowadays – it isn’t actually need to state it. Also they are the most overused words in writing task 2.

  3. http://Uvini says

    Hi Liz,
    May I know.. what is the difference between the use of idioms and idiomatic language?

    can we use Metaphors in IELTS writing?

  4. http://Rahul%20Sharma 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.

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  5. http://Anju says

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

  6. http://Jenny says

    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!

  7. 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”.

  8. http://Lara says

    Hi liz!

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

    Thank you!

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  9. http://Heppa says

    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?

  10. http://Bhavya says

    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

    • http://Liz says

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

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

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  12. http://nevin says

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

    • http://Liz says

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

  13. http://Gurpreet%20singh%20rai says

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

  14. http://Adel says

    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.

    • http://Liz says

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

    • http://Rabina says

      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.

      • That’s right. It shouldn’t be used in writing task 2 as a replacement for “for example” or “such as”.

  15. http://Lidan says

    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?

    • http://Liz says

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

  16. 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 session.my emial:manumanuel121@gmail.com,number:09718128354,thank you

  17. http://atuan says

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

  18. http://vanj says

    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.

  19. http://sammy says

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

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  20. http://Ulmas says

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

  21. http://Quang%20Tuan 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,

  22. http://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

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