Connectors are recognized for their ability to link separate ideas in phrases, sections, and sentences. They also work well when combining several sentences into one.

Examples of a few popular connectors used in IELTS Writing –

But – Sickness is felt, but health not at all.

However – You won’t move that stone, however strong you are.

On the other hand/ on the one hand I’d like to eat out, but on the other hand I should be trying to save money.


Otherwise – Sometimes u need to look back, otherwise u will never know what u have lost in the way of forever searching.

Unlike – This book is quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

Conversely –    Conversely, it may not be hard to relinquish certain roles and tasks which were never experienced as rewarding.

At the same time – Are you coming home at the usual time? Yes, I shall leave the office at the same time as usual.


In spite of – English became the official language for business in spite of the fact that the population was largely Chinese.

Despite – They had a wonderful holiday, despite the bad weather.

Even though/ Although – I like her, although I could cheerfully throttle her at times .

Still – He still has a good head of hair .

Yet – Beauty and the lust for learning have yet to be allied.

 Nevertheless – Just for once, I got the lucky lottery numbers, nevertheless, I can make all my dreams come true.


Even so – The bus was only half full. Even so, a young man asked Nina if the seat next to her was taken.

On the contrary – It is not an idea around which the Community can unite. On the contrary, I see it as one that will divide us.

In contrastIn contrast to similar services in France and Germany, Intercity rolling stock is very rarely idle.

Whereas – Her teachers said she was a slow learner, whereas in actual fact she was partially deaf.

Therefore – I used to have a lot of trouble with the neighbours therefore I changed the flat.

So – The blue bag was full so he kept the packet in the yellow bag.

Because – Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

Thus – The management decided to economize by cutting the dead wood from the workforce, thus reducing the wages bill.


Hence – This would attract industry and commerce, and hence bring about the creation of jobs.

Due to – Her disappointing exam results are entirely due to her inattention in class.

 As a result – The Black Sea is facing ecological catastrophe as a result of pollution.

Consequently – Man is always more than he can know of himself. Consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.

Since – The rain has been continuous since this morning.


Seeing that – We shall be seeing that the complex numbers that we must use at the quantum level are closely related to classical probabilities.

On account of – The capital costs are high on account of the specialised nature of the machines required for the production line.

Later – He was later indicted on corruption charges.

After – Never embark on what comes after without having mastered what goes before.

Before – Don’t cry out before you are hurt.

Then – We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

Next – If your next record’s a bit iffy, you’re forgotten.

Soon – They that marry in green, their sorrow is soon seen.

Finally – Agreement was finally reached after very lengthy discussions.

Second/ Secondly – Schools help to acculturate the second generation of immigrants.

At first sight – They fell in love with each other at first sight and in a short time were married. First –First, you should go to the washroom and take a bath.

First of all – First of all, there are not many of them, and secondly, they have little money and, thirdly, they have few big businesses.

In the first place – Her success was secured by two factors. In the first place, she had the support of managers.

To start with – There are problems. To start with, neither of us likes housework.

LastlyLastly, incomes rose and food consumption habits changed.

And finally – And finally, the day of the verdict came.

In conclusion  – In conclusion, it is always better to take prevention than cure.

Why use connectors in the IELTS?

You may be wondering why it’s so important to use connectors in the IELTS. Connectors, or joining words together, are essential grammatical devices that improve an essay’s readability for the assessor. They connect two related text sections and aid in sentence building. Additionally, linkers can help applicants express their opinions more clearly. It can also assist you in establishing a more comprehensive vocabulary and information base.

Below are a few reasons to use connectors in IELTS:

– Connectors for task 2 provide clearness to the text and give the written piece a sense of consistency

– It assists in displaying how a text’s components or sentences are connected

– Assist in the transmission of an idea or a goal

– They assist in the development of a reasonable conclusion.



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