You likely know you need linking phrases for IELTS writing.

However, you may not be aware that you must use these on IELTS Speaking as well!

Today we share 3 high level linking phrases for contrasting.

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Why do you need linking words on IELTS?

For both Writing and Speaking, you need a variety of linking words and phrases.

They’re vital for 7+ on the Cohesion/Coherence score on Writing.

This is also necessary to score 7+ on the Fluency/Coherence for Speaking.

The Examiner is listening specifically to hear these.

You must be ready to use them on both Speaking and Writing.

However, each one has a different meaning!

You must use them in the correct context.

#1: Versus

The structure here can be noun + versus + noun.

Do you prefer cooking at home or eating out?

  • I love eating out versus cooking at home which is so much more work!

An even higher level structure is noun + versus + relative clause.

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This is a great way for comparing and contrasting people.

You can use it to compare anything!

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#2: As opposed to

This is also great for comparing two people.

My sister and I have so much in common, it’s almost like we’re the same person!

However, I love to exercise and sweat a lot, as opposed to my sister who hates sweating!

The grammar is the same as ‘versus.’

The structure can be noun + as opposed to + noun.

Alternatively, noun + as opposed to + relative clause.

#3: Whereas

The grammar for ‘whereas’ is different.

It must have a subject and verb both before and after it.

The structure is subject + verb + whereas + subject + verb.

It can divide independent clauses.

The meaning is the same, as you are contrasting two things.

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