Useful transition words for IELTS Speaking & Writing Task 2 – Adversative Transitions

Useful transition words for IELTS Speaking & Writing Task 2 - Adversative Transitions

What are transitions and how are they used?

  • Transitions can be either phrases or words to help show relationships between ideas in sentences and paragraphs; therefore, they play an important role in IELTS writing. The best part about transition words is that they can be easily inserted in many different places throughout an essay.
  • There are 4 types of transitions: Additive transitions, Adversative transitions, Causal transitions, and Sequential transitions.

This article will provide you with a rich variety of useful adversative transitions which show signal conflict, contradiction concession, dismissal, etc.

Conflict :

 but,  by way of contrast,  while,  on the other hand,
 however,  (and) yet,  whereas, though (final position).
 in contrast,  when in fact,  conversely,  still

Eg: Women suffering from anorexia are still convinced that their thin, frail bodies are fat and unsightly. Conversely, some people who are a great deal heavier than they should be can persuade themselves that they are ‘just right’.

We thought she was arrogant, whereas, in fact, she was just very shy.

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Emphasis :

 even more, above all, indeed, more importantly,  besides 

Eg: I don’t mind at all. Indeed, I would be delighted to help.

Concession :

 but even so,  nevertheless,  even though,  on the other hand,  admittedly,
 however,  nonetheless,  despite (this),  notwithstanding (this),  albeit
 (and) still,  although,  in spite of (this),  regardless (of this),
 (and) yet,  though,  granted (this),  be that as it may,

Eg: He finally agreed, albeit reluctantly, to help us.

Notwithstanding some major financial problems, the school has had a successful year.

Dismissal :

 either way,  whichever happens,  in either event,  in any case,  at any rate,
 in either case,  whatever happens,  all the same,  in any event,

Eg: Whatever happens, don’t let go of my hand

At any rate, I will work my butt off to achieve it!

Replacement :

 (or) at least,  (or) rather,  instead

Eg: He didn’t reply. Rather, he turned on his heel and left the room.

She said nothing, preferring instead to save her comments till later.

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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