How to write quick conclusions for your IELTS Task 2 essay


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In an essay, the introduction and conclusion act like bookends – they’re strong and hold up the books (your argument and ideas) inside them. The conclusion also wraps up your essay neatly and completes your argument for the reader. It summarises the key ideas you wrote about, resulting in your final decision or statement about the topic.

While it’s a very important part of an essay, you don’t need to spend too much time on it on the IELTS task because most of your effort should go into your main paragraphs.

So, here’s how to write your conclusion quickly:

Restate your opinion that you wrote in your introduction and include the main reasons you wrote in your main paragraphs. This should be one to two sentences.

Expressions to start  your conclusion with:

  • In short,
  • To sum up,
  • In summary,
  • To summarize,
  • In conclusion,
  • To conclude,
  • Overall,
  • Ultimately,
  • In the final analysis,
  • Thus,
  • As you can see,

Examples that show a variety of ways to conclude:

In short, as we become more dependent on the Internet, governments need to enforce strict regulations and parents must follow due diligence when it comes to protecting our privacy and children from possible dangers on the web.

In conclusion, it’s necessary to consider both the positive and negative effects of the aging population to prepare ourselves for a changing society.

As you can see, although advancements in food technology have certainly provided us with a wide range and abundance of food that we couldn’t have before, we must be aware that these benefits also come with consequences to our health and environment.

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2 comments on “How to write quick conclusions for your IELTS Task 2 essay
  1. shirleyrader says:

    Hello , It is very important to write an effective conclusion to an essay. It is this brief conclusive paragraph that will make the final impression on your reader. It is also your last chance to convince the reader. Follow the tips below when writing a conclusion to your essay. Keep blogging new info!!!

  2. Gayan. says:

    Hello ,
    Have you posted any notes on how to write the introduction in an essay as well as , writing task 1 of IELTS general exam (formal letter and informal letter).
    I am finding the strangest of problem as I don’t know what exactly should be the writing style of an informal letter.

    Thank you,

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