Avoiding basic phrases for IELTS

Especially in IELTS Writing Task 2, candidates often write: ‘Many people believe that…’ in phrases like ‘Many people believe that nuclear weapons should be abolished.’


Here are some more complex alternatives:


a) You can use a PASSIVE form which will make your writing seem more formal and academic in style:


It is widely believed that…

It is commonly accepted that…

It is generally considered to be the case that…

It is thought by most to be true that…


b) You can keep the same structure but use more COMPLEX language:


Many individuals hold the view that…

The majority of both experts and non-experts consider it to be the case that…

Almost everyone believes it to be true that…

The opinion that __________ is widely held

The view that _________ is commonly held


(In all of these examples, the word ‘that’ can be followed by a new SUBJECT and VERB.)


For example:

1. It is widely believed that children tend to perform better at school when they have high self-esteem.

2. The majority of both experts and non-experts consider it to be the case that parents need a lot of support when bringing up children.

3. The view that wealthier countries should fund projects in economically-developing nations is commonly held.

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