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