Useful Words and Phrases to use in IELTS Essay

Being able to use convincing arguments, relevant examples, academic vocabulary, brilliant introduction and a logical conclusion will definitely ensure a high band score in your IELTS Writing Task 2 part. To make a great impression, you have to use the right language and proper vocabulary. Developing your language skill and enriching your vocabulary take time. But when you are in control and can use the right language, you can produce compelling and outstanding essays. In this article, we will present you some really useful words and phrases with examples which will help you write essays that score the high band score. This is not a big list and does not include difficult vocabulary list. The aim of this list is to enhance your vocabulary as well as IELTS essay writing skills quickly.

1. Delve: (Verb) - To carry on intensive and thorough research for information,  Investigate.

Synonyms: Research, inquire, investigate, explore, examine, probe.

A. This essay delves the issue, examine the arguments from both perspectives and reach to a logical conclusion at the end.
B. To delve into the issue of child labour laws, we have to ensure a sustainable economic formation for underdeveloped countries like Nepal.

2. In order to: With the purpose of.

A. In order to reduce the population in the city areas, new employment opportunities must be created in the rural areas.
B. The government should not waste any time in order to show our allies that we have taken plenty of initiations to tackle the corruption.

3. Concur: (Verb) - To agree, to accord in opinion, be with the same opinion.

Synonyms: Agree, be in accordance.

A. I concur with the view that the government should invest in this sector.
B. They concur that smoking should be banned in all public places.

4. Curb/ Kerb: (Curb - American  | Kerb - British) (Verb) - To control, check, restrain, limit, a check or restraint on something.

A. To kerb the number of road accidents, the government has to strictly impose the traffic rules and regulations.
B. This is due to kerb the number of accidents happen each year.

5. To put it another way: (Phrase) - To explain something in a different way, put another way, paraphrase, put in other words, In other words.

A. To put it another way, whether we like it or not, the authority is going to impose a heavy tax on the citizens.
B. To put in another way, this is one of the major causes for the greenhouse effect.

6. Furthermore: (adverb) - In addition, additionally.

Synonyms: Moreover, besides, also, further, what's more, on top of that.

A. Furthermore, the advancement in technology has reduced the time required to prepare our food.
B. Furthermore, women have a natural quality of being kind and helpful to the children.

7. Another key thing to remember: (Phrase) - another key point, also, another key point to remember.

A. Another key thing to remember is that space research costs a huge amount of money which could be utilised to enhance the life standards of citizens.
B. Another key point to remember here is the environmental damages these cheap flights cause.

8. Not to mention: (Adverb) - What's more, furthermore, besides, as well, moreover, plus, in addition to.

A. Not to mention, the devastating accidents the drunk driving causes every day alone in the USA.
B. Not to mention, the second-hand smoking is often more dangerous than the first-hand smoking.

9. Having said that: (Phrase) - Despite what has been said, however, on the contrary.

A. Having said that, technology also has a dark side and this is why we should be wary of their use in our daily life.
B. The government, in my opinion, has a vital role to play to fight the crime, but having said that, the mass people also have to come forward and contribute to fighting the crime and corruption.

10. Provided that: (Idiom) - If only, on the condition that.

A. The community people would agree to the establishment of a new factory provided that it would reserve 20% jobs for them.
B. Fathers should take the responsibility for the upbringing of children. Provided that, they often stay outside, the mother would then take control.

11. Nonetheless/ Nevertheless: (Adverb) in spite of that, notwithstanding.

Synonyms: However, but, still, yet, though, regardless, anyway, anyhow.

A. Nevertheless, the real essence of a university education is not the books we read or assignments we complete, but the methodology of learning which finally help create an enlightened society.
B. Nonetheless, many people would not follow the rule spontaneously and for them to abide by the rules, monetary fines are essential.

12. Notwithstanding: 

13. Venerate: (Verb) - Revere, regard with respect.

Synonyms:  Respect, worship, revere, idolise, honour, esteem.

A. The young generation venerates those sports stars and often mimic their playing style, fashion and lifestyle.
B. Our veneration for our politicians and leaders are declining faster and this is quite alarming.

14. Invoke: (Verb) - Pray to, appeal to, call on someone as a witness for inspiration, solicit, cite, refer to.

A. The announcement might invoke both positive and negative impression to the mass people.
B. This action invokes negative consequences that we must not forget.

15. To give an illustration:

16. Notably: (Adverb) - Especially, particularly.

Synonyms: Primarily, principally, in particular, in a remarkable way.

A. The amount of rubbish we produce every day is notably higher than any time in history.
B. The establishment of the university in our area would make it notably crowded.

17. Incisive:

18. Compelling: (Adjective) - Captivating, Spellbinding.

Synonyms: Enthralling, gripping, absorbing, fascinating, irresistible.

A. Their arguments might be compelling to a certain extent but that lacks the touch or reality.
B. the compelling cricket tournaments attract thousands of fans and they spend money to enjoy these competitions.

19. All things considered: 

20. Myriad:  A large, a great number of.

Synonyms: Multitude, a lot, mass, army, horde, a large number quantity.

A. There is a myriad of people who have an excellent communication skill in English even though they have never been to an English-speaking country.
B. There are myriad of sectors which can be greatly benefitted y the use of nuclear technology.

21. Assert: 

22. Erroneous: 

23. Engender: 

24. Salient: 

25. Craft:

26. Substantiate: 

27. Elucidate:

28. Oppose:

29. Articulate:

30. Vocalise:

31. Sheer:

32. Predominant:

33. Formidable:

34. Phenomenal:

35. Stipulate: 

36. Dubious:

37. Manifest:

38. Exhibit:

39. Constitute:

40. Portray:

41. Exemplify:

42. Paramount: 

43. Adept:

44. Sublime:

45. Explicitly:

46. Proclaim:

47. Evoke:

48. Idolize:

49. Averred:

50. Profound: 



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