Multiple Choice Questions Series 2 - Transitional Words and Phrases

November 27, 2017

 

In academic writing contexts like the IELTS Writing Task 2 exam, using transitional words and phrases is an easy and effective way to connect ideas and improve sentence coherence. Try the following 10 multiple choice questions to test your understanding of using transitional words and phrases in English. 

 

Questions 1-10: Choose a suitable linking word to complete the following sentences.

 

1. Many smokers believe that e-cigarettes can help them quit smoking. ……………….., scientific researches show that e-cigarettes are more addictive and lethal than traditional cigarettes.

 

a. In addition

b. However

c. As a consequence

d. Equally important

 

 

2. Urban planners argue that the rise of private vehicles is a leading cause of traffic congestion. ……………….., they also associate poor infrastructure development with the problem.

 

a. Furthermore

b. In conclusion

c. For example

d. But

 

 

3. Many students in rural areas do not get access to quality education. ……………….., they struggle to find well-paid jobs after graduating from university.

 

a. Consequently

b. Moreover

c. In short

d. On the other hand

 

 

4. ……………….. the impacts of global warming, Vietnam has witnessed an increasing number of hurricanes over the past few years.

 

a. In spite of

b. In contrast

c. Because of

d. Until

 

 

5. Scientific researches indicate a number of negative impacts of poor sleeping quality. ……………….., the problem can lead to anxiety and depression.

 

a. Otherwise

b. For example

c. To conclude

d. Nevertheless

 

 

6. Developing countries are experiencing a significant rise in birth rates. ……………….., other developed economies such as Japan and Germany are facing a severe shortage of laborers.

 

a. Likewise

b. Besides

c. To summarize

d. In contrast

 

7. ……………….. continuous efforts of the Japanese government, the overwork culture in this country is still growing.

 

a. Due to

b. As soon as

c. Unless

d. In spite of

 

 

8. The tourism industry of Vietnam is expanding fast with an increasing number of foreign visitors. ……………….., the trend also applies to other ASEAN countries such as Thailand.

 

a. Whereas

b. Similarly

c. For instance

d. Thus

 

 

9. The Vietnamese government decides to loosen regulations imposed on new business creation. ……………….., the number of newly created companies has increased at a record high.

 

a. In brief

b. On the other hand

c. As a result

d. In particular

 

 

10. Before the storm, the city council failed to inform residents of the disaster. ……………….., the death toll was enormous.

 

a. Therefore

b. At the same time

c. Nevertheless

d. Firstly

 

 

 

Please find the keys here

 

How many correct answers did you get? Please share your result by leaving a comment. 

 

Note: This article was written by author Mai Duc Nguyen and originally posted on VnExpress (the most read Vietnamese newspaper). 

 

 

 

 

 

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