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Student question about linkers

Question: What’s the difference between ‘however’ and ‘therefore’ and how do I use them in a sentence?


HOWEVER is a contrasting linker

THEREFORE introduces a result or a consequence

For example:

Studying for the IELTS exam is very hard work. However, I am determined to get a good result!

I have been studying very hard for the IELTS exam. Therefore, I am sure I will get a good result.

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By Jenny Bedwell on 2011 09 27

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Inês - Portugal

Inês - Portugal

​IELTS is somewhat of a big nightmare for almost everyone who needs to get a specific score, and I was no exception.

Regardless the several years of english classes, including an English summer course in England, getting a 7 in all components of IELTS turned out to be an apparently impossible task. Passing IELTS is as much a matter of mastering English as it is being familiar with the structure of the exam.

iPass was crucial for me, especially in the writing component. If it wasn’t for all the tips, corrections and advice that I got on the IELTS 7 course, I wouldn’t have got the band 7 scores I needed.

Jenny was an amazing help throughout all the process, mainly in the speaking sessions we had together. If you commit and never give up you also can get the grades you need.

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