ACADEMIC WRITING – FORMAL PHRASES 1

Here’s one of the lists some ( read it most) teenage students take a look at just once before they drop  it somewhere among other photocopies in a huge pile of school stuff. Then find it the night before the exam or rather when they clean up the mess at the end of the school year. Find it and think…well, that could’ve saved me…

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So, why use phrases like these? I mean…

Do they guarantee a high score?

No. Obviously, not. Academic writing for Cambridge English Exams is a lot more than just some fixed phrases inserted here and there, to make you look smart, mature and well-prepared. Plus, they could look really awkward when they are  mixed with an informal tone, if grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors abound, if content is poor or ambiguous or if they occur so frequently, that the reader becomes  tired and bored.

Do they replace talent and good quality ideas?

No. Nothing can replace talent and high-quality content. I remember a few past CAE students of mine who wouldn’t care about any writing rules, suggestions, layout or carefully chosen structures. Those very few (wish there had been more like them) kids passed the exam with an excellent score in their writing paper just because they were naturally able to create great content.

Then, why use them?

Well, you might just like some of them. As you clearly don’t use them in conversation, ’cause people would run away instantly, they may sound odd to you at first. Just try to get used to them and if, let’s say, you lack inspiration when you have to write your paper or if you are generally  not a fan of writing, using some of them could guarantee a better mark than not using them at all. But, remember, don’t exaggerate!

Here’s a list of suggested phrases you may want to use. You can also download them here:

Academic Writing – Formal Phrases 1

  • This…is primarily provided/fulfilled/achieved through…
  • It is rather hard to believe that…
  • There is a far higher proportion of…who…
  • It is expected that…
  • This is not an incidental pattern, unique to a particular space and time.
  • This measure is likely to cause an unprecedented change
  • These measures largely reflect the needs of…
  • This phenomenon is not unique to…
  • This might prove to be a sustainable and responsible solution to…
  • There seems to be an ever-increasing rate of…
  • This could be a solution that any responsible person would be prepared to contemplate.
  • This is one of the prevalent issues in the modern society.
  • Some of the decisions originally perceived as rather unwise have proved a stroke of genius.
  • There can be little doubt that…
  • Unmistakably,/Unquestionably/Undeniably, this is…
  • Although the measure’s implementation chances of success appear to be ribbon-thin, statistics have shown that…
  • Though it may appear to be a time-consuming process, it has its obvious benefits
  • This…may well represent the very beginning of a fruitful process.
  • The proposed solution is audaciously simple and simply audacious.
  • Perhaps more importantly,…
  • Rules and policies, regulations and stipulations are innovation killers.
  • Scientific evidence can be invaluable, but it has to be used cautiously and in tandem with historical research.
  • This…may add more weight to the growing consensus that…
  • An idea that is sure to have sparked some lively debate refers to…
  • There is relatively thin evidence that…
  • There may have been erroneous opinions on this issue; fortunately, recent studies are now setting the record straight:…
  • One of the latest studies takes the argument further, claiming that…; however, it seems to be clearly just scratching the surface of a big issue, that is, …
  • This may be, nonetheless, a further step in the right direction in terms of…

 

 

 

 

 

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