Connectors

Connectors give your letter a flow. However, too many connectors or too few connectors will ruin the beauty of your letter.

Which connectors are okay?

  • And
  • Additionally
  • Apart from this
  • Along with
  • but
  • or
  • However
  • Therefore
  • Although
  • Unless
  • Subsequently.

Avoid the use of the following connectors in OET Writing:

  • Furthermore, Moreover, Besides, Meanwhile, So.
  • Use “since” instead of “As”
  • You can, however, use “as” but not too often.
  • As well as (You hardly have a situation to use “as well as” in OET writing)

Why?

If you can remove the connector and the sentence still makes sense, then you are using a connector when one isn’t needed. Avoid this in OET when it is important to write efficiently without words the reader does not need.

Question: I have taken so much pain to learn these connectors, especially “although, hence, along with, in addition to, etc.” Can I use some of them?
Answer: No, use connectors only when they are required. If you can present an idea without a connector, that’s best!

Conjunctions

  • You will not succeed unless you work harder.
  • I waited till the train arrived.
  • You will get the prize if you deserve it.
  • Do not go before I come.
  • Since you say so, I must believe it.
  • I shall be vexed if you do that.
  • I did not come because you did not call me.
  • He is richer than I am.
  • Catch me if you can.
  • He deserved to succeed, for he worked hard.

Get ready for the Quiz!

  1. Do not drink beer or whisky, Mr Joe, _____ drink a lot of water.
  2. Make haste, Ms Jane ______ you will be late.
  3. Warfarin is safer ____ other analgesics.
  4. Both, the mother _____ the baby will be discharged today.
  5. You will not recover ______ you stop drinking.
  6. He was admitted, _____ he was seriously ill.
  7. Angioplasty can be delayed _____ Mr Parker should undergo an angiogram immediately.
  8. Just like water _______ oil do not mix, some patients do not comply with certain antibiotics.
  9. It is said that man proposes _______ God disposes. Similarly, let’s see what God is going to do with your daughter, Mr Miller.
  10. Please follow this new prescription from today ____ the one you are currently taking does not improve your condition.
  11. I like sugar in my tea, ____ I don’t like milk in it.
  12. Listen to the doctor’s advice ___ change your lifestyle from today.
  13. Is it benign ______ malignant?
  14. To be frank, I missed these medicines ______ I thought that I was alright.
  15. We were very tired ____ happy after our flight to Sydney.
  16. She got admitted ____ she was not unwell.
  17. Ms Lenny was driving their car _____ her husband was reading the daily newspaper.
  18. Mr Fort presented on 20th of this month with complaints of chest and shoulder pain, shortness of breath _____ generalized weakness, nausea and dizziness.
  19. Ms Gracy ______ her newborn will be re-admitted today. She needs a thorough examination.

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