What are the best IELTS writing cohesive devices?

by saeeed
(teh)

Hi to all.

I have studied your marvelous sample writing task 2. If we like to write multiple ideas, which one of following structures is better? I mean which one get the better score.

First structure:

In this structure, I use the 'firstly' and 'moreover' to separate ideas. please take a look at this example:

Sth has several disadvantages. Firstly, one of the most important item is that sth is useful. Moreover, another disadvantage of sth is that it is free.

Second structure:

In this structure, 'one of the most important item' and 'Another disadvantage of sth is that it is free', are added, we must not use 'firstly' and 'moreover'. Please take a glimpse on following example:

Sth has several disadvantages. one of the most important item is that sth is useful. Another disadvantage of sth is that it is free.

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Dec 09, 2019
Cohesive Devices and Phrases
by: IELTS buddy

It's not that you can only use one or the other i.e. only use one word cohesive devices, such as 'Firstly', or only use longer ones, such as 'One of the first advantages of....is that....".

You can mix and use both. The point is you want to show you have flexible use of language and lexis.

But yes if someone used the more complex ones you mentioned (correctly of course) all the way through as opposed to lots of words such as 'firstly', 'moreover' all the way through, it would look better for coherence and cohesion.

I can't say it would automatically get you a better score because you are marked on other things as well for CC and you would, as I said, have to be using them correctly.

I have a video on using more complex cohesive devices here:

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