IELTS Writing Task 1 Linking Phrases & Words

Although it is no secret, but unfortunately a large number of students preparing for their upcoming IELTS exam are overlooking this. Linking Phrases & Words are the key components of your IELTS writing, they are the reason why you will be able to achieve a high band. They are exactly what the examiners are looking for & are expecting you to WOW them with!

Please go through the below, and do as much as possible to use them in your practices and in the actual exam. Let us know if you have any questions!

When introducing the topic

  • The graph shows… / The table reveals…
  • The chart displays… / The diagram illustrates…
  • Some interesting observations concerning… are revealed in the diagram.
  • Several key trends are revealed by the graph showing…

 

When you are proceeding onward, to present the first set of data

  • Beginning with the…
  • To begin with the…
  • Let me begin by describing the…

Now, when you are ready to introduce the second set of data

  • Meanwhile, the…  shows that…
  • As for the… , it shows that…
  • Turning to the… , it can be seen that…

Use these when you are going to introduce the first major trend

  • First of all, it is clear that…
  • Most noticeably of all, it can be seen that…
  • The first result worth pointing out is that…

and if you are going to introduce minor trends

  • Another trend that can be observed is that…
  • It is also worth pointing out that…
  • Also worth noting is that…

Sometimes you may want to mention exceptions to the main trend

  • However, this was not always the case.
  • However, it should be pointed out that…
  • There was one noticeable exception, however.

Comparing and contrasting

  • Similarly, … / By contrast, …
  • A similar trend can be observed in…
  • The results for… , however, reveal a markedly different trend.

Adding figures

  • The figures were X and Y respectively.
  • …, at X. / …, with Y. (Usage note: use ‘at’ when you mean ‘the figure was’; use ‘with’ when you mean ‘something had’)
  • …, at/with X and Y respectively.

Concluding and summarising

  • To sum up, … / In summary, … / In short, …
  • Overall, … / On the whole, …
  • The main thing that can be observed here is that…

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