HOW TO GET a 7, 8 or even 9 in IELTS WRITING
Our today's focus is on coherence& cohesion in IELTS Writing (1 of the 4 assessment criteria). We'll look at the difference between linking words and phrases AND linking sentences and their contribution to your writing score.
Why do you need to use linking words and phrases AND linking sentence in your IELTS essay? You should do so as they help you to guide a reader through your essay, connect ideas, sentences and paragraphs, which is VERY important if you want a high score.
Examples of linking words and phrases:
1) Firstly, bla-bla-bla
2) As a result, bla-bla-bla
3) For example, bla-bla-bla
Examples of linking sentence:
1) The first reason why this happens is that bla-bla-bla.
2) This will lead to bla-bla-bla.
3) A good example to illustrate this idea is bla-bla-bla.
BUT while they have the same function, if you look at the examples above, you will see that LINKING SENTENCES provide a more NATURAL FLOW of ideas. Readers will not ‘stumble over’ commas which obviously break this natural flow.
So it is, of course, much better to use linking sentences instead of linking words, but the difficulty here is that you will not find ready-made lists of them. You should produce them by yourself (or read a lot and pick good examples in articles and books). So if you want a 6, it is enough to use linking words and phrases. But if your ambition is to get a 7, 8 or even 9, this won’t be enough. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use linking words at all to get a higher band, but you shouldn’t use too many of them.
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