Words we use to add ideas

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edited March 2016 in Vocabulary

How to add ideas in writing.


One of the key things your test examiner will be looking for is how successfully you are able to present ideas in support of your position/point of view.

IELTS calls it 'cohesion'.
TOEFL/TOEIC calls it ideas that are 'well-developed'.

What this means is that ideas flow, smoothly from one to the next.  There is a smooth flow of thoughts that are well written. In English there are special words called 'cohesive devices' that you must learn and use.  Study the list of words below. Learn how and when to use them.  When you have studied them, go here http://answers.scottsenglish.com/discussion/122/quiz-cohesive-words-in-writing?new=1

Some Helpful Words for IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC writing

Why we use these words

Use to start a sentence

Use to join a sentence

to add an idea

In addition,

Another reason

Furthermore,

Moreover

Additionally

 

and

as well

too

also

to give an opposite idea

On the other hand,

In contrast,

Nevertheless,

However,

Whereas

Although

While

 

but

yet

whereas

while

the alternative is…

to give an example

In other words,

for example,

for instance,

that is

in this case

namely

 

to state the same thing a different way

In other words,

To state it another way,

 

rather

to give an alternative idea

If

Unless

Otherwise

 

or

if

to list a series of ideas

Firstly,… Secondly,… Thirdly,…

First,… Furthermore,…  Finally,…

 

next

 

to give a result

therefore

As a result,

Consequently

thus

hence

 

so

thus

to give a conclusion/summary

In conclusion,

Overall,

To conclude,

In summary,

 

therefore

 

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