Useful Language

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In this blog we are going to talk about useful language, for you to practice these techniques in the build up to your exam.

In this blog, you will find some useful phrases that you can use when writing your Cambridge B2 essays. This is the compulsory writing task in Part 1 of the writing exam for the Cambridge First Certificate.

Paragraph 1: Intro

Topic sentence:

— One of the most important aspects of today´s world (must be/is)
— XXXXX is said to be one of the most controversial issues nowadays.
— A very common topic that is being discussed nowadays is whether…
— It is widely believed that
— The vast majority of people (would) agree that

Defining/ Providing example:

— A / one clear example of this would be
— Clear examples of this would be /are
— For example / For instance
— This is demonstrated by

Contrast

— However
— Although
— Whereas

Provide Resolution

— In order to
— To tackle this matter we have to consider several aspects to get a clearer overall vision.

Main Paragraphs (Ideas 1, 2 & your own idea)

Topic sentence:

— On the one hand, several ideas should be taken into account.
— To start with, XXXXX must be considered.
— There are main people who claim that…
— On the other hand, some other aspects can also be found.
— It is a fact of common knowledge that…
— People often argue that…

Sequencing

— Firstly, …
— Secondly, …
— First of all, …
— A further point (could be/ must be) …
— Finally, …

Expressing opinion

— From my limited experience, …
— I hold the opinion that …
— In my view, …
— To my mind, …

Contrast

— While …
— In spite of / Despite …
— Nevertheless, …

Consequence

— As a result, …
— Therefore, …
— As a consequence due to this …

Addition/ Justification

— In addition to this, …
— Needless to say, …
— According to …
— In other words …
— This is to say …

Paragraph 5 – Conclusion

Topic sentence:

— Having said all this we could conclude by saying that …
— Having considered the points above, …
— In conclusion / To conclude, …
— All in all, …
— For all these reasons, …
— For the reason above, …




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