Useful Sentence Patterns for IELTS Writing

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In order to get a higher score on IELTS writing, you need to vary your sentence structures. Here, I listed some useful sentence patterns for IELTS writing and several examples for each sentence pattern. Practice makes perfect and these sentences will make your essay more coherent and persuasive, so try to use some of them when practicing your writing skills!

It is + adj. + that…/It is + adv. +adj. +that…

There are a number of choices on the adverb and the adjective in this sentence structure.  You can use this sentence pattern when giving a fact or an idea. Here are some example sentences.

Examples: It is indisputable that the Internet plays an essential role in people’s life today.

It is widely acknowledged that modern technology makes our world more connected and entertaining than ever before.

It is commonly believed that education offers us more opportunities to get higher salaries and a better life.

There is no doubt/denying that…

This sentence pattern is another method to describe a fact or express an idea. Here are two example sentences.

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Examples: There is no doubt that government is responsible for the safety of citizens.

There is no denying that accommodation problem is getting worse in big cities.

An increasing/growing number of …

This sentence pattern can be used to show a certain tendency. Here is an example sentence.

Example: An increasing number of parents realize that their children need more privacy.

The reason why… is that…

Do not use the same word such as because again and again. This sentence pattern is a great alternative to illustrate cause and effect. Take a look at the following example.

Example: The reason why people feel more stressed is that they live in a more competitive society which requires them to work much harder than ever before.

There is a hot debate over…

You can use this sentence pattern to introduce a topic or a phenomenon in the first paragraph of your essay. Here is an example sentence.

Example: There is a hot debate over whether women should play the same role as men do in the army.

The + comparative adj./adv. +…, the comparative adj./adv. + …

Here is a useful sentence pattern to show the relationship between two things or to express two ideas that vary together. Take a look at the example.

Example: The older you get, the more experienced you are.

From what have been discussed above, we may conclude that…

To write a complete and coherent essay, you need to restate your opinion in the end of the writing. This sentence pattern serves as a good choice to conclude what you have mentioned in the previous paragraphs. Here is an example sentence.

Example: From what have been discussed above, we may conclude that the biggest factor of people’s shopping habit is not their age group but their income.

Ready to try these out on a real IELTS task? Check out this video for IELTS Writing Task 1 with a sample essay!:

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9 Responses to Useful Sentence Patterns for IELTS Writing

  1. soheil June 18, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    in ielts listening test we have 4 sections.sometimes in section 4 one person speaks about a subject and you listen and choose correct letter at a time.
    what tipps do you recommend?

    • Kuangyan
      Kuangyan June 21, 2016 at 8:46 am #

      Hi.Here are some tips on listening section 4.
      1. Read the questions and circle key words before the recording begins.
      2. Pay attention to these keywords while listening to the talk.
      3. Take notes while listening. Check out our tips for note taking on the IELTS
      4. If you get stuck on one question, skip the question and leave it to the end of the listening test.

      When you prepare for this section, you can listen to TED talks and free online courses from top universities. They will be very helpful.

  2. Akram December 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

    Thanks a lot for this website it’s very helpful, I just have a specific question, is it important capitall letter and lower case in listening and reading, when I want transfer to answer sheet.?
    Thanks a lot


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

      If you don’t capitalize something that should be capitalized, you will get a penalty. Some students choose to write all short answers in block/capital letters only. Except in cases where incorrect capitalization is the wrong answer, though, it doesn’t matter. 🙂

  3. Swapan Pramanick February 13, 2018 at 1:52 am #

    Excellent!! It would definitely help…

  4. A July 14, 2019 at 5:04 am #


    In your book, you are using KIDS that means goat kid while they are talking about children human child. Page 125.

    Could you please correct it?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 19, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

      Hi there,

      Can you please tell me which book you are talking about? We have several ebooks, so I’m not sure which sentence you are referring to 🙂

      Kid does mean ‘baby goat’, but it also means ‘young child of either sex.’ Kid is a common way to refer to human children in both British and American English, so it’s a term that is useful to know. Generally, you can tell from the context whether a person is referring to a goat or a human.

  5. Milan karki August 19, 2019 at 5:08 am #

    please kindly rate my essay and give me feedbacks

    In the recent period, life is normally more stressful as compared to the past. There are two main reasons for this, competitive behavior and overload for studies. This essay would like to outline more detail about the reasons and provide a logical solution to tackle the issues.

    One of the main reason for the stressful life is competitive behavior of the public. This is because all the people want to be in some sorts of income-earning activities in order to fulfill their basic requirements as well as living a quality of life. For instance, 80 percent of Nepalese students prefer to live in foreign countries. Therefore, they labor hard to get an international visa of a particular country. Hence, there is a smell of competition in each field which makes the person more stressful. To solve this issue, one should think positively about his/her future. None of the people should have the intention of the competition in their mind. Moreover, By doing this sense of competition can be extinct and the majority of people can experience a comfortable life.

    Another cause that needs to be considered is the overload of studies. As a result, our education system is mostly based on theoretically rather than practically. As an example, according to the present records, 55 percent of students feel more depressed by thinking about their studies. A possible solution could be, authorities must put a huge effort to establish a practical study. If this is implemented, the student should not labor hard and pretend to feel more relaxed.

    In conclusion, the major cause of stressful life is competitive behavior and overload for studies. However, to solve these issues, one should think positively and the education system should be upgraded.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

      Hi Milan,

      Thanks for sending over your essay. 🙂 Have you checked out our IELTS Premium Prep? We include 4 essay scoring credits for Magoosh IELTS essays. Try out a free 7-day trial!

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