IELTS Common But Powerful Expressions and Keywords?

You will have to make use of some effective phrases and expressions in your IELTS Speaking and IELTS writing. There are some common phrases and expressions that you can use. They are helpful with adding a variety to your communication skills. You can use them in your IELTS writing or IELTS speaking but. Be careful. Supply these expressions or keywords only when they are needed.  


Common Phrases, Expressions or Keywords in IELTS


How do you state your opinion?


Well, you can begin talking about anything making use of the following expressions:


  • ·         In my view
  • ·         In my opinion
  • ·         I strongly believe that
  • ·         According to me
  • ·         It is common that
  • ·         From my point of view
  • ·         I believe
  • ·         I think
  • ·         It is commonly believed that
  • ·         It seems to me that
  • ·         From my viewpoint
  • ·         From my perspective
  • ·         It appears to me that
  • ·         I can say
  • ·         I feel
  • ·         I would say
  • ·         I support
  • ·         I realize that
  • ·         I understand that
  • ·         I imagine


What are the expressions you use to compare?


You can use these expressions:


  • ·         There is no difference between these two things
  • ·         I can say they are pretty much different from each other/one another
  • ·         I can say it is slightly better than this
  • ·         They are poles apart.
  • ·         They have no similarities
  • ·         They are akin to each other.
  • ·         They are similar.
  • ·         It is similar to.
  • ·         All things considered
  • ·         There is nothing in common between them. 
  • ·         They resemble each other.
  • ·         In contrast to this.
  • ·         It is contrary to this.
  • ·         On the other hand
  • ·         Despite that
  • ·         In Spite of this
  • ·         Generally speaking
  • ·         In general
  • ·         Basically
  • ·         Essentially


You can also use some other common combinations of words or word-groups such as Just as, Also, Either...or, Nevertheless, In the same way, However, Neither...nor, At the same time. Although, Though, Even though, On the whole, All in all, by and large, etc.


How would you give examples?


You can use following expressions:


  • ·         Let me give you a simple example
  • ·         I would like to explain this by giving a small example here
  • ·         For example
  • ·         For instance,
  • ·         Well, this can be explained as follows:
  • ·         In other words
  • ·         As anyone would expect
  • ·         Namely
  • ·         Let me illustrate this a little more
  • ·         To paraphrase
  • ·         I would like to support this by giving an example



How do you express partial agreement?


Following expressions can be useful:


  • ·         To a certain extent
  • ·         To this degree
  • ·         To that point of view
  • ·         More or less
  • ·         To some extent
  • ·         In a limited way
  • ·         Up to a point
  • ·         Almost
  • ·         In a way
  • ·         So to speak


What are the word-groups or expressions you use to express certainty?


You can use the following words or expressions to express certainty.


  • ·         Surely
  • ·         Certainly,
  • ·         Beyond doubt
  • ·         Undoubtedly
  • ·         That is the truth
  • ·         It is common sense
  • ·         No doubt
  • ·         Definitely
  • ·         Of course


Similarly, you can conclude by making use of the following word-groups or expressions:


In conclusion, To conclude, Lastly, Finally, To summarize, To conclude with, At the end I would like to say that, To put in a nutshell, My last words about it or on it would be, In short, etc. 


Similarly, word or expressions to show causes or effects include the following:


As a result of it, Due to, Because, Because of, Owing to, Consequently, Therefore, However, Because of this, As it happen that, Thereby, Eventually, Finally, At the end, So, Thus, Hence, Lastly, Firstly, Secondly, First of all, Then, That time, During, After this, Simultaneously, Meanwhile, Since, As soon as, Furthermore, What’s more.


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