Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn informal and formal phrases to conclude IELTS Speaking and Writing answers.

In order to have organized answers in Speaking and Writing, we must conclude our answers.

However, this is mostly used in the more formal parts of the exam, namely Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2.

Having said that, if you find yourself wandering off topic or repeating yourself in IELTS Speaking Parts 1 or 2, you can use some informal phrases in the video to help you finish your answer in a coherent way.

Watch the video a few times, and practice the phrases. Try to copy the way I say them, and then try using them in your own Speaking answers.

Also, use the formal phrases to conclude your IELTS Writing Task 2 essays.



You can use these phrases in IELTS Speaking Parts 1 and 2 to cut yourself off and finish in an impressive way:

  • So, yeah, that’s about it.
  • And, you know, that’s how it is.


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Of course, where we really need conclusion phrases is in our organized, more academic responses.

First tip here- do not use “in conclusion, as this is boring and every student uses this!

Push yourself away from a 6 and towards a 7 or higher with these phrases:

Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2:

  • By and large
  • In sum
  • To conclude

Speaking Part 3:

  • I suppose the most conclusive way to sum up would be…

Now it’s your turn! Practice using these phrases in your own IELTS Writing and Speaking answers.

What do you think of these phrases?

Share your own examples using them in the comments section below!

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