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Essays: Vocabulary

Here are some groups of words that commonly occur in Essays, with examples from different disciplines. Try the tasks to practise working with some of them.

Here are some groups of words that commonly occur in Essays, with examples. Here is some information about the way the information is shown.

Here are some groups of words that commonly occur in Essays, with examples from different disciplines. Click on Instructions for more information about the format.

Try the tasks below to practise working with some of these word groups.

Reporting Verbs in Essays

He + reporting verb Examples

Making Claims in Essays

it can/could/should be argued/suggested/claimed … that Examples
it should be noted/ remembered/ pointed out that Examples

Reaching Conclusions in Essays

it can/could be assumed/inferred/concluded ... Examples

Linking Expressions

as a result of Examples
at the same time Examples
due to the fact that Examples
on the basis of Examples
on the other hand Examples
to the extent that Examples


If you are writing an Essay, you might also find this language useful:

Task 1

Look at the examples of making claims in essays from Sketch Engine. Try to distinguish between "it can be argued/claimed/suggested" and "it should be noted/remembered". Choose the correct expression.


Task 2

Look at the examples of concluding expressions from Sketch Engine. Drag the words around to make complete concluding sentences.


Task 3

Look at the examples of linking expressions from Sketch Engine. Choose the correct linking expression to fit in the examples given.



Hello! sir/ma'am!
can you tell me, what is the differents between To and For? and how to use them.

Hello kz1995,

I wish there were a simple answer to that question, but I'm afraid that there isn't one. 'to' and 'for' both have so many different uses (follow the links and you'll see what I mean) that it's not possible to summarise them in general. If there's a specific situation you want to ask about, perhaps we can help more, so please don't hesitate to ask us if so.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

very useful, Thank you


Dear Learn English team,

I have read the linking expression "in the other hand" instead of "on the other hand" and I would like to know if it is proper to use "in the other hand" in some situations and "on the other hand" in others.


Hello ehernandez07,

The linking expression is 'on the other hand'. We only use 'in the other hand' with a literal physical meaning - to describe what a person is holding in their other hand after saying what they have in their first hand!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, i`m new here.I have an exam in next month in which i have to write essay of 500 words on some topic. It may be about current happenings in the word or may be about social evils or may be finance related.
could you please guide me how i can write a good essay and what approach i should follow to do best in that exam in one month.

Hello roul,

It's very hard to give you very much advice as essays vary a great deal in style and content. You need to know the requirements of the exam, which should be available to you, and to know what kind of essay they expect. Perhaps you can see some examples - that would be very useful. For example, for IELTS candidates we provide sample answers to essay questions so they can be clear on what is expected and required (see this page for academic writing and this page for general English writing).

In the exam use your time wisely. Allow some time for planning, some time for writing and some time for checking and proofreading. Think about whether you have time to write a rough draft or not.

Pay particular attention to the question. Exam questions will usually contain several requirements and you need to address all of these. For example, it may ask for arguments for an against, or it may say you should draw on your own experience, or it may ask for two recommendations to deal with a certain issue. Usually there are several requirements and you need make sure you include all of them.

Consider the audience for whom you are writing. Think about the style which is appropriate for that audience - formal, informal, neutral, polemical etc.

Think about how to organise your writing. Make a plan identifying a clear purpose for each paragraph and what points you want to include in each. Think about how to link your points using logical linking devices such as 'however', 'although', 'in addition' and so on.

After you finish writing, read it carefully to check that you have included all of the required information. Check also for errors.


I hope those suggestions are helpful. Good luck!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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