Useful Advanced Essay Structures

To be sure of writing an essay that is good enought to pass a C2 exam like the ECPE you need to use some of those lovely structures you have been learning in the grammar sections of your proficiency courses. Here are some examples of the kinds of structures you should be using in your exams. Use a sprinkling of...

Participle phrases and gerunds up front:

 "Burning plastics produces dioxins."

         "Reducing the retirement age would create significant difficulties for pension funds."

      "Having been bullied at school, I know how psychologically damaging this can be."

         "Having been released from prison, many people subsequently reoffend."

Conditionals with inversions instead of "If.."

         "Were the government to ......... , we would .............."

         "Had television not been invented, economic growth would have been slower."

         "Had the police implemented the law more strictly, fewer people would now be disabled."

Cleft sentences

         "What ecologists object to is ............"

         "What many people would like to see is ......................"

         "It is the ................. that I object to."

Inversions

         "Not only are landfill sites unsightly but they are also a source of pollution"

         "Rarely do we see our political leaders riding bikes."

Passives

         "It is often forgotten that ..................."

         "............. is considered to be ............."

         "...... has been attributed to ......."

       ".......has been linked with ........"

         "The conlusion to be drawn is that ............."

The advanced use of 'so'

         This is so grave an issue that ........

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