CHARLES

Below are the list of connectors  recommended in OET letter Writing
  • Simple connectors (called conjunctions): and, but, or.
  • Complex connectors: however, therefore, although, unless, despite, in spite of, subsequently, consequently
  • Owing to, in view of.
These connectors should be  avoided in OET letter Writing
  • Simple connectors (called conjunctions): and, but, or.
  • Complex connectors: however, therefore, although, unless, despite, in spite of, subsequently, consequently
  • Owing to, in view of.
These connectors should be avoided in OET letter Writing
  • Academic connectors: furthermore, moreover
  • Informal connectors: besides, meanwhile, so.

Time phrases

  • On admission, Upon discharge, 2 days ago, On his first visit, During her hospital stay, Today, After 10 days of hospital stay.

 Avoid too many of OR too less connectors in OET.

  • Ideal number of connectors in an OET letter is 2 or 3 maximum. If a sentence makes perfect sense without a connector, try not to use it.

Below are some examples of effective use of connectors in OET

  1. After a week in hospital, he has stabilised and his breathing problems are now resolved. However, he still experiences some chest and abdominal pain, with a dry cough.
  2. Mr Ramamurthy was very weak on admission to hospital, but has gained weight with dietitian input.
  3. Although she has a number of family members living nearby, their support is irregular, and Ms Martin may be at risk of social isolation.
  4. Owing to her extreme dependence, she will require a home care nurse.
  5. Despite good improvements, ongoing physiotherapy is recommended.
  6. She presented with severe abdominal pain and subsequently underwent various investigations.
  7. Ms Bell retired from a managerial position at the end of 2016, and has not found it easy to establish a new routine in her retirement.
  8. She also complaints of polyuria and polydipsia; therefore, a possibility of diabetes needs to be ruled out.
  9. Since October 2018, Mr Dunbar has shown signs of diabetic neuropathy and consequently mobilises with a walking stick.
  10. In spite of regular exercise, she has developed many lifestyle diseases.
Confusing Connectors in OET
  1. As well as – As well as “and” cannot be used interchangeably.

Example

  • She needs aspirin as well as ramipril- only aspirin is in focus, ramipril is not important.
  • She needs aspirin and ramipril- both are equally important.
  1. Hence

The use of hence in the beginning of a sentence is not recommended.

  1. Despite

Never use subject after despite.  Despite can be followed by a noun or noun-equivalent.

            Example: Despite he has improved, ongoing care is recommended.

                            Despite improvements, ongoing care is recommended.

List of informal connectors-Make sure you don’t use them in OET writing
  • So,
  • Then,
  • That’s why…
  • Well,
  • Because of (it/that),
  • First of all,
  • Let’s start with…
  • Another thing,
  • What’s more,
  • Next,
  • Then,
  • Plus,
  • Also,
  • Besides
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