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Using “Connectors” in OET

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?

Formal Connectors Usage
And A + B (Both)
Or A / B (Either)
But B minus A
Hence B as a result of A
However But
Therefore As a result of A
Although Exceptional
If Condition passes
Unless Condition fails
Subsequently Afterwards
Additionally In addition to A

Avoid the use of the following connectors in OET letters to retain their formal appearance:

  • Furthermore, Moreover, Besides, Meanwhile, So.
  • Use “since (because)” instead of “As (because)”
  • You can, however, use “as” but not too often.
  • Avoid “as well as” at all places. You use “as well as” only when B is least important compared to A in the sentence: “A as well as B is required.”

Three Connectors that often do not confuse you (because you do not know their exact meaning).

Connectors Meaning Examples
And A and B are equal Metformin and Warfarin can be administered.
Along with A and B belong to the same context but are slightly different Analgesics along with ice-packs are being provided.
As well as Only A is relevant. B is not counted The baby, as well as the mother, is being discharged.

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.

Starting Connectors

  • Never start a sentence with “And and But.”
  • Avoid starting a sentence with “Or and Because,” if you can manage it.
  • It is not wrong to start a sentence with Also!

Ready to Test? Based on the lesson you have learnt here, choose the correct answers:

  1. _______, Ms Lee has repeatedly exhibited traits of self harm.
  2. Mr Morgan’s general physician has not been able to diagnose his underlying condition, _________ this transfer.
  3. Ms Morgan’s general physician has not been able to diagnose her underlying condition, _________ she will be transferred today (2 correct answers).
  4. _______, Mr Parker’s mother will be arriving shortly to provide him care.

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